Oratorical Contest

“The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller. The storyteller sets the vision, values, and agenda of an entire generation that is to come.”

Purpose: The Oratorical Contest is an exciting event that commemorates the oral tradition of African ancestors who were great writers, authors, and orators who helped change the world. The Oratorical Contest is intended to highlight the talents, skills, and gifts of our scholars.

During this event, our scholars will showcase their oratorical abilities through recitation of group speeches, memoirs, poems, and spoken word. There are three (3) selection levels to the Oratorical Contest: in-class preliminaries, grade group semi-finals, and the all-school finals. Each classroom teacher and selected individuals will judge for the in-class preliminaries. A panel of judges will be chosen for the semi-finals and finals.

SBD Dance Team
The Stearne Dance Team’s performance at the 1st Annual Regional Oratorical Competition is a powerful representation of the rich history of dance as a form of African American expression. From its roots in traditional African dances brought to the Americas through the transatlantic slave trade, to its evolution through the Harlem Renaissance and beyond, dance has been a vehicle for cultural preservation, resistance, and celebration within the African American community.

Through movements that echo the struggles and triumphs of generations past, the Stearne Dance Team pays homage to this heritage, using their bodies as instruments to convey stories of resilience, unity, and hope. The song “Stand Up” by Cynthia Eviro serves as a fitting soundtrack, its lyrics resonating with themes of empowerment and determination.

Under the guidance of Ms. Debnam, the team’s original choreography adds depth and nuance to their performance, blending elements of traditional African dance with contemporary styles to create a compelling and emotionally resonant narrative. As they take the stage, the Stearne Dance Team embodies the spirit of creativity and cultural pride that has defined African American dance throughout history.


Hazel Gray

Aria Sharps


Nafis Edwards
“We Rise, We Grow”

Nafis Edwards has demonstrated impressive leadership skills through his involvement in various activities, including serving as the secretary for Stearne’s Student Government, participating in stage plays like Frozen, and representing his school on The CLASSHroom television show.

Additionally, his commitment to community service by volunteering at the Boys & Girls Club of Frankford showcases his dedication to making a positive impact beyond the school environment. His 7th place trophy in the 1st Annual Oratorical Regional Competition for his original work titled “We Arise, We Grow” further highlights his talents and contributions.


Iliana Filbeirto
““Yes I’m Latina / Si Soy Latina”

“Yes I’m Latina / Si Soy Latina” is a powerful spoken word piece written and recited by Iliana Feliberty-Gomez, showcasing the Latina perspective. It’s remarkable that such talent and insight came from a 6th-grade scholar, highlighting the richness of diverse voices in literature and performance.

Latino oral tradition in the United States has deep roots, reflecting the cultural heritage and experiences of Latinx communities. From storytelling to music and poetry, oral tradition has been a vital means of preserving and expressing identity, history, and values within Latino communities across the country. This tradition continues to evolve and thrive, contributing to the cultural tapestry of the United States.


Makayla Johnson
“The Color Of My Skin…”

Makala Johnson, a 7th-grade scholar at Stearne Middle School College Academy, showcased her talent and leadership through her original work, “The Color of My Skin.” Her expressive tone and vocal presence captivated the audience, earning her a well-deserved 3rd place trophy and bringing honor to herself and the school. Makala’s involvement in the Inaugural Stearne School Safety program further highlights her commitment to leadership and community service.


Mrs. Biedermann’s Class – 302
“Speech At The March On Washington”
John Lewis was a prominent civil rights leader and politician who played a key role in the American civil rights movement. He was one of the “Big Six” leaders of groups who organized the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Lewis served as the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and later represented Georgia in the United States House of Representatives. His speech at the March on Washington emphasized the need for racial equality and justice in America.


Mrs. Casher’s Class – Room 304
“Say My Name!”
Congratulations to Mrs. Casher’s 304 for clinching 1st Place in the 1st Annual Oratorical Regional Competition for the 3rd-5th grade band! “Say My Name!” by WithLoveFelicia must have been a captivating piece.

WithLoveFelicia, also known as Felicia L. Daye, is an accomplished poet, author, and spoken word artist known for her powerful and emotive works that often address social justice, identity, and empowerment themes. Her artistry resonates deeply with audiences, making her a celebrated figure in the literary and performance world.


Mrs. Curley’s Class – Room 204
“Baby Showed the Way”
Carol Oaks is a renowned children’s book author known for her heartwarming stories that inspire and educate young readers. “Baby Showed the Way” is one of her most beloved works, telling the story of courage, friendship, and empathy through the eyes of adorable animal characters.

The book follows the journey of Baby, a small and seemingly insignificant creature, who teaches valuable life lessons to the other animals in the forest. Through her actions and kindness, Baby shows that even the smallest among us can make a big difference in the world.

Mrs. Curley’s class, based in Room 206, chose to present “Baby Showed the Way” for the Regional Competition for the K-2 grade band, showcasing their creativity and understanding of the book’s themes. Their presentation earned them a well-deserved third place, highlighting their talent and dedication to storytelling and performance.