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.
The finalists for this year’s contest were: