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Local students speak out to win at event

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Lancaster District AME Zion Churches
INDIAN LAND – Fifteen teens participated in the Lancaster District AMEZ Churches’ sixth annual Oratorical Exposé on Sept. 23.
The purpose of the speaking contest was to emphasize youth development in speaking publicly and to do research to improve personal skills.
Speakers were judged on speech content, organization, delivery and overall effectiveness of presentation. Topics were given to each contestant to choose and research. Each teen had seven to 10 minutes to present his or her speech.
Jalissa Mcllwain from Mount Carmel AMEZ Church took top honors in the senior division. Adrian McAfee from El Bethel AMEZ Church placed second. Their topic was “Salvation and eternal life are taught by Jesus Christ. What are they and what have they got to do with you and how you choose to live your life?”
Leon Caskey from Centennial AMEZ Church took top honors in the junior division. Destiny McNeely from Mount Tabor AMEZ Church placed second.  Their topic was “In light of the national problems with economy, the high rate of unemployment and the war, how do you think history will rank Barack Obama as president?”
Other participants were Shanice Harrison, Ashley Craig, Joshua Williams, Tabitha Strong, Demonta Bell, Divine Patterson, Aaron Truesdale, Jelissa Gordon, Yamaria Stevens, Shantasia Mayo and Kia Hughes.
Mary Christian, president of the AMEZ District Missionary Department, and Jessie J. Shannon, laity of Mount Tabor AMEZ Church, arranged and promoted the program.
Dr. Deborah Cureton, Walter Tillman, Abarham Perry and Doris Hood, who served as judges.
The Penny Brigade awards were also a part of the mission division. Its purpose was to raise funds to help support local missions to help needy children attend educational programs.
The Lancaster District AMEZ Churches’ goal is to continue and maintain programs that will encourage youth to desire to become effective communicators resulting in a better home and community life.