In the last of the local level contests for the Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation, Jace Robertson and Triston Stringer took first place in declamation and interpretive reading, respectively. On Wednesday, February 27, students competed in the local level contest at the Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School campus. The Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School’s Stark Reading Contest Director Katharine Graham led the ten students who took part in this contest.

Robertson won first place in declamation with Message to the Grassroots by Malcolm X and Stringer won first place in his interpretive reading of excerpts from Carl Sandberg’s Chicago Poems. Second place went to Katherine Burns in declamation and Vincent Hale in interpretive reading; each received $1,500 in scholarships. The two first place winners received $2,000 in scholarships and will go on to compete in the County Final contest at 2:00 p.m. at the Lutcher Theater on Sunday, April 21.

The declamation and interpretive reading winners for 2012, Zoe and Ivy Casteel, served as the emcees for the evening’s competition. Dr. Terri Estes, Principal of Little Cypress Mauriceville High School, presented awards to the 2012-13 winners. The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation congratulates the students of Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School that participated in the Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation.

The aim of the Stark Reading Contest is to enhance the literary and forensic quality and skills of the students. The Contest has continued annually since its inception in 1904 and offers educational opportunities and experiences for students at Orange County public schools. The Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation is sponsored by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation as part of its continuing mission to enrich the community and encourage education.

Pictured is Katharine Graham with participants in the 2013 Stark Reading Contest at Little Cypress-Mauriceville.