Cornelius ES student wins Martin Luther King Jr. oratory competition

Chase Roberts of Cornelius Elementary School took home top honors in the 19th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition sponsored by Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP in Houston. This is the second year in a row a student from Cornelius has won the competition.

Every year since 1996, fourth- and fifth-graders from two dozen HISD schools have competed in the annual contest, which challenges students to write and present a short original speech on a subject related to the slain civil rights leader. The topic this year was, “”If Dr. King were to win the Nobel Peace Prize today, what would he say in his acceptance speech?”

Watch the winning speech and videos of all the finalists below.

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The finalists for this year’s contest were:

4 thoughts on “Cornelius ES student wins Martin Luther King Jr. oratory competition

  1. Cherrye S. Vasquez, Ph.D.

    Wow! What an excellent speech, young Chase. I am highly impressed and want to tell you how GREAT I think YOU are.

    You have talent and you are a very skillful orator. I was on the edge of my seat while listening to your speech. How creative, by the way.

    Now, I plan to share you with all my FB friends and hope they will pass you and your recitation around to their friends, for you are mighty.

    Blessings to YOU!!

  2. Mary Carolyn Dones

    Good morning Chase Roberts,
    I know your parents are proud of you because I am too. You are surrounded by God’s blessings and it showed on stage as you were giving your speech. What a speech, what a future leader in so many ways. I can see you going higher in God and in your life. Continue to do good in school. Chase great job and congratulations on winning first place.

    Nurse Dones

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