George Emmons, a senior at California High, was the winner of this year's High School Oratorical Competition held by the American Legion Post 246 of Danville on Jan. 8. He received a $100 check and a gold medal. Niel Malani, a junior at Monte Vista High, came in second and received a $75 check and silver medal; third place was Michaela Lee, a sophomore from Athenian Upper School, who received $50 and a bronze medal. They all were given certificates of participation.
"All the students delivered excellent orations and the judging was very competitive," said organizer Ron Roe.
The competition focuses on the U.S. Constitution, with a prepared oration on some phase of the Constitution followed by an assigned topic regarding a specific clause, section or amendment.
Emmons will now compete in the District 9 contest to be held at the Danville Veteran's Hall at 1 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 10. The public is invited.