Evans and Martin named top orators in annual challenge
By Linda Green

The winners in the high school division of the oratorical contest include (from left) Jamyes Evans, first place; Davon Crockett, second place; Hassan Roberson, third place; Ahmad Grays, honorable mention; and Sherkendria Duggans, contest participant.
The top winners in the annual oratorical contest offered a glimpse into the unselfishness of two people-one living and one deceased—and how their works conveyed the importance of the lives of others to them.
The oratorical contest winners in the middle school division were (from left) Saniya Bray, honorable mention; Christian Moore, third place; Chaniya Gibbons, second place; and Taylor Martin, first place.
Ten young men and women-- in middle and high school categories--participated in the oratorical challenge of the Thomson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Feb. 25 to express their views on uncompromising commitment to community service, leadership and empowerment. The young men and women gave glimpses into the lives of individuals and organizations that laid the foundation that enabled them to be where they are in 2017.
In the middle school division, Taylor Martin, of Wadley, won the top honor. In searching for a hero to emphasize, she said she realized that her hero—the Rev. David Kemp--lived down the street from her home, and his determination to stand strong and care for all people was great.
“The Rev. David Kemp Sr. is one of the most appreciated people I know,” Martin said. “Not only did his astonishing attributes play a part in the community of Wadley itself, but it also played a part in the United States as a whole,” she said of his community and military service.
Taylor compared Kemp’s pastorship of Brinson Hill Baptist Church and his devotion to spreading the gospel to the work of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. “What really compares the two powerful, sophisticated and hardworking men is the fact that they never gave up. They kept going on no matter how tough it got,” she said.
The other winners in the sixth through eighth grade category included, Chaniya Gibbons, second place; Christian Moore, third place; and Saniya Bray received an honorable mention.
Jamyes Evans, of Thomson, received first place in the high school division. His focus was on the late Nelson Mandela, of South Africa.
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear,” Evans said in offering one of Mandela’s powerful quotes.
Describing the late president of South Africa as an activist and global contributor, Evans emphasized Mandela as one who has shown uncompromising commitment to community is fitting.
In the high school division, other placements included Davon Crockett, second place; Hassan Roberson, third place; and Ahmad Grays received an honorable mention. Contestants Sherkendria Duggans and Takhia Reese received participant ribbons.
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