• Cedar Hill

    Frederick Douglass

    National Historic Site District of Columbia

Oratorical Contest

Annual Oratorical Contest

The goal of the Oratorical Contest is for students to experience the same transformative power of language that Frederick Douglass did as a young man. The contest is open to all students in grades 1-12 and is hosted in early december. Students memorize and present a portion of a Douglass speech from a stage at his home of Cedar Hill.

Look below for more info on applications, movies about the contest, and lists of past winners.


 
 

Video of 2013 Winners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2013 Winners

Thanks to everyone for participating. The quality was outstanding. Congratulations to this year's winners.

Elementary (Grades 1-3)

1st
Anina Kim Dentel-Pham
Ben W. Murch Elementary School
Washington, DC

2nd
Aneesh Mandapati
Floris Elementary
Herndon, VA

3rd
Aijah Royal
Orr Elementary
Washington, DC

Junior (4-5)

1st
Xavier Crowell
Arts and Technology Academy
Washington, DC

2nd
Jasani Primrose
Miner Elementary School
Washington, DC

3rd
Raiven Barton
School #9
Rochester, NY

Junior High (6-8)

1st
Daniel Bates
Homeschool
Fort Washington, MD

2nd
Neel Mandapati
Floris Elementary
Herndon, VA

3rd
Ahriana Merryweather
Kipp Will
Washington, DC

Senior High (9-12)

1st
Attiyah Jenkins
Homeschool
Silver Spring, MD

2nd
Campbell McDade Clay
Brighton High School
Rochester, NY

3rd
Danielle Forehand
Charles H. Flowers
Springdale, MD




 

Podium Points Oratory Videos

We have a new tool to help you prepare this year. Four movies, each of which breaks down a different aspect of great oratory. Thembi Duncan (a master from Ford's Theatre) and students at Oyster-Adams Bilingual School, take you through physical, verbal, and mental skills, as well as how to practice with others. Thanks to Ford's Theatre, the National Mall, the National Park Foundation, and Meridian Hill Productions for their help.

 

 

 

 

 

Oratorical Contest in the Washington Post!

Thanks to the Washington Post for coming out and taking pictures of the 2011 Contest. Check out the photo gallery for some wonderful photographs.




 

Pictures from 2012

Pictures from the 2012 contest are being posted to Flickr where you are free to browse them.


Did You Know?

Douglass Violin

Frederick Douglass played violin.