Four McClellan Students Win 1st in LR Rotary Club’s Essay Oratorical Contest


The 2013 Rotary Oratorical Essay Contest winners in grades 6-12 were presented with awards at the Rotary Club of Little Rock luncheon on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. This year, students from McClellan won in all four of the high school grade-level divisions, competing against applicants from all five LRSD high schools. Maraya Warren won first place in the 9th grade division; Rachel Lewis was the winner in the 10th grade division; William Lemonds was the 11th grade winner; and Brittany Threatt, last year’s 11th grade winner, won first place in the 12th grade division. 

Second place at the grade 12 level was declared a tie with both Sandra Garcia, Little Rock Central, and Kiniya Conley, J.A. Fair, emerging as winners. Mabelvale Magnet Middle School students, 7th grader Jayla King and 8th grader Kevin Nguyen, both won first place in their respective grade levels. Cloverdale Conversion Charter Middle School student, Keyera Boykins, won first place at the 6th grade level.

For this year’s theme, chosen by a committee of Rotary Club members, students were asked to write about one political, economic, or social issue that they felt should be addressed right away to make an impact on the world and, in 750 words or less, explain why they chose that issue and what it will take to make that change.  Each student’s entry was judged based 50 percent on content, 30 percent on organization and 20 percent on mechanics.

Click here to read 12th grade student Brittney Threat’s winning essay about immorality and the decline of the traditional, nuclear family. Click here to read 11th grade student William Lemonds’ winning essay about the hatred and bullying faced by the LGBT community. First place senior winner, Brittany Threat, won a $1,500 college scholarship. Junior winner, William Lemonds, won a $450 book scholarship.

 The Little Rock Rotary Club and the Rotary Club 99 Foundation sponsored the contest to promote good writing and speaking skills among students in the Little Rock School District.

(left to right): Brittney Threat, 12th grade winner, and William Lemonds, 11th grade winner