Danville Express

Newsfront - January 19, 2007

Four compete in oratorical competition

Monte Vista's Natasha Gupta takes the prize

Four students from the district high schools competed last week in the annual American Legion High School Oratorical Competition, sponsored by Post 246 at the Veterans Hall in Danville.

Monte Vista sophomore Natasha Gupta was named the winner and presented with a $100 check, a gold medal and a certificate of participation.

Other contestants were senior Abbe Shaw and junior Angela Meng from San Ramon Valley High, and senior Daniel Lin representing California High. They all received certificates of participation.

"All of the local high school were represented. We were really happy about that," said Oratorical Committee Chairman Ronald R. Roe.

"Next year we will have an additional high school, Dougherty Valley High," he added.

The competition focuses on the United States Constitution with an emphasis on the duties and responsibilities of American citizens to the Constitution and the U.S. government.

The contest consisted of a prepared eight to 10-minute oration on some phase of the Constitution followed by a three to five-minute speech on a topic assigned on the spot regarding a specific clause, section or amendment.

"This year's contest was particularly competitive and all the students delivered excellent orations," said Roe.

Winner Natasha Gupta will now advance to the district competition, which will be hosted by American Legion Post 246 at the Danville Veterans Hall at 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 11. It is open to the public.

--Dolores Fox Ciardelli

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