NPS announces winners of 2016 Frederick Douglass oratorical contest

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Date: December 20, 2016
Contact: Emily Linroth, 202-619-7156

WASHINGTON - The National Park Service is pleased to announce the winners of the annual oratorical contest at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

On Dec. 9 and 10, 80 students in grades 1-12 presented a portion of a Douglass speech from the stage at Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. The students chose speeches that meant something to them personally. 

The oratorical contest has provided students with opportunities for more than 30 years. There are four separate award categories: Elementary (grades 1-3); Junior (grades 4-5); Junior High (grades 6-8); and Senior High (grades 9-12). The judges are solicited from the community in addition to members of the Frederick Douglass Memorial and Historical Association. The association provides prize money to the first, second and third place winners in each of the four categories.

All the winners will be invited back to Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in February 2017 to celebrate Douglass's birthday and be recognized for their accomplishments and their school's participation. 

The winners are: 

Elementary (grades 1-3): 1st place, Gabrielle Sutherland, homeschooled, Baltimore, Maryland; 2nd place, Isaiah Montgomery, homeschooled, Takoma Park, Maryland; 3rd place, Ethan Sutherland, homeschooled, Baltimore, Maryland. 

Junior (grades 4-5): 1st place, Silas Montgomery, homeschooled, Takoma Park, Maryland; 2nd place, Aneesh Mandapatti, Floris Elementary School, Herndon, Virginia; 3rd place, Laila Brooks, Ducketts Lane Elementary School, Elkridge, Maryland.

Junior High (grades 6-8): 1st place, Elijah Coles-Brown, Moody Middle School, Richmond, Virginia; 2nd place, Dhruv Pai, Takoma Park Middle School, Silver Spring, Maryland; 3rd place, F. Jerimah McClain, Friends Community School, College Park, Maryland.

Senior High (grades 9-12): 1st place, Daevon Gurley, Bard High School Early College, Baltimore, Maryland.; 2nd place, Daniel Bates, homeschooled, Fort Washington, Maryland; 3rd place, Sudhan Chitgopkar, South Forsyth High School, Cumming, Georgia.

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Last updated: December 20, 2016

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