Black History Oratorical Competition

NPSD Black History Oratorical Competition


Black History Oratorical Competition Winners

Each year in celebration of black history month, NPSD students in grades three through 12 are invited to participate in the NPSD Black History Oratorical Competition (BHOC). Beginning in 2019, the competition is designed to give NPSD public school students an opportunity to shine through public speaking while honoring black history. To enter the contest, students are required to submit a video of themselves reciting a published speech or poem from an African-American or black leader such as Toni Morrison, Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jesse Jackson, etc.

The BHOC culminates in a final competition round consisting of live, competitive and celebratory performances. The event serves not only as a chance for students to vie for the title of competition winner, but also provided North Penn students, families and community members the opportunity to celebrate black history through musical performances by students and staff.

Based on criteria including expression/stage presence, delivery and presentation, and overall effectiveness, student finalists are judged by a panel of diverse educators and community members. From the finalists selected to compete in the final round, one student from each level (elementary, middle and high) is chosen by judges as the winners of the competition. The three competition winners then go on to perform at the International Spring Festival held at North Penn High School.


2022 Competition Winners


Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Black History Oratorical Competition!
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Group 1 Grades 4-5

Third Place - Peyton Jackson 5th Grade Montgomery Elementary
Second Place- Katherine Phillips 5th Grade Montgomery Elementary
First Place- Saanvi Waghmare 4th Grade General Nash Elementary School

Group 2 6-7

Third Place- Jeffrey Jimmy 6th Grade Gwynedd Square Elementary School
Second Place - Makayla Lewis 6th Grade General Nash Elementary School
First Place- Tatyana Pometum 6th Grade Gwyn-Nor Elementary School

Group 3 8-12

Third Place- Kairee Glass 10th Grade NPHS
First Place- David Lyons 11th Grade NPHS
First Place- Dominique Bethel 12th Grade NPHS

View photos from 2022 Black History Oratorical Final Competition

2020 Competition Winners


Congratulations to high school division winner Dominique Bethel on her moving performance of “Still, I Rise” by Maya Angelo. Pennfield Middle School’s Kairee Glass took the middle school division with his strong reading of “The Heart and the Fist” by Rudy Francisco. The elementary division was captured by Royel Hall at Oak Park Elementary School for his portrayal of Muhammed Ali’s speech, “I Am the Greatest.” NPSD would like to congratulate the division winners and also recognize middle school runner-up LeRoy Hall from Penndale Middle School and elementary runner-up Tatyana Pometun from Gwyn-Nor Elementary School.

View photos from 2020 Black History Oratorical Final Competition