Jacob Wizeman, a student at Withers Elementary, is one of eight finalists in the 20th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Oratory Competition. The winner, who will be selected Jan. 13 at the Majestic Theatre, will receive a scholarship and opportunities to speak and recite his or her speech before various audiences.
A capacity crowd packed the auditorium of the Dallas ISD Administration Building on Tuesday for the semifinals, which showcased the winners of 19 in-school competitions. Students were challenged to write essays on the topic of what they thought King’s message of hope would be for the world today. Participants were required to research King’s life and speeches, write original essays, memorize them, and present them before a panel of judges.
The other finalists are Kofi Forson, William L. Cabell Elementary; Breyelle Gooden, Robert L. Thornton Elementary; Harper Jones, Charles Rice Learning Center; Tawfiq Mohammad, William Lipscomb Elementary; George Rivera, Urban Park Elementary; Marcel Williams, Ronald E. McNair Elementary; and Michael Jones, Louise Wolff Kahn Elementary.