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Students Shine During MLK Oratorical Contest

HARTFORD — The BSL Educational Foundation, Inc. of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. recently held its 10th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Young People’s Oratorical Contest at Faith Congregational Church.

The Jan. 25 event, which challenged students from various schools across the Greater Hartford area competition, was divided into two divisions: middle school and high school where five received savings bonds to be used toward college expenses.

This year’s theme was: Gun Violence in America: How will this shape the classroom. The topic was chosen because of an alarming rise in gun violence committed on school grounds. The foundation thought it was relevant after the senseless act of violence in Sandy Hook where 20 students between the ages 5-10 and six adult staff members were shot and killed.  This event stands as the second deadliest mass shooting by a single person in American History, after the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre.

Officials said the students were mentored for weeks by brothers of the fraternity and passionately took to the stage to voice their ideas, plans and solutions to combat gun violence in American Schools.

Dr. King’s voice, through his powerful oratory capabilities galvanized people of the world.  In a society where oratory skills exhibited by Dr. King are becoming a lost art, this year’s theme challenged the contestants to find their voices and express what important measures should be taken to ensure their safety on school grounds.

By the close of the evening two champions were crowned; Maitreyi Subedi, a Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy student, won the middle school division and Latrell Powell, a John F. Kennedy High School student, won the high school division.  Both students were awarded an $1,800 savings bond for winning their respective divisions.

More information about the chapter and its programs can be found on our website: www.hartfordalphas.com. A few initiatives of the foundation are: Project Alpha, a program held in the fall and spring targeted for males ages 12-18; an oratorical contest; an Eastern Regional Leadership Development Institute for rising high school juniors and seniors; scholarship opportunities for graduating seniors and college students.

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