On Sunday, May 28th, SHAD Club #62 presented its ninth Annual Oratorical/Essay Contest at the New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in San Bernardino, CA. The contest is held each year and allows young men in our area to showcase their talents in research, writing and oral presentation. Contestants have to write and deliver an essay on the theme chosen by SHAD Club #62. Each year the club’s theme tries to stress the importance of education to our young men. The contest is open to all young men in our area between the ages of 14 – 18 and attending a school in our area. This year’s theme was “The Best Preparation for Tomorrow us What You Do Today”. The contestants this year were Mr. Moses Carter, Mr. Jaylen Cornish and Mr. Elijah Hall. The young men competed for a top prize of $500.00.
During the rehearsals, contestants are trained on tips for effective public speaking. Contestants are taught voice diction, clarity and the use of words and phrases to emphasize their critical points.
Anthony Bell the President of SHAD Club #62 stated that “given the crime and unemployment rates in our area, it is essential that we provide platforms for our young men to development their minds.” The SHAD CLUB motto is “to be positive role models to young men in our area.” SHAD Club sponsors this contest and provide other platforms to motivate and encourage young men to exceed.
The winner of this year’s contest was Mr. Moses Carter. Moses is a student at Kaiser High School and is a gifted violin player. 2nd Place went to Mr. Jaylen Cornish, and 3rd place went to Mr. Elijah Hall. All three young men at active in their church and planning to further their education once they graduate from high school.