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Albion student advances to state championship in oratorical contest

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 5 February 2019 at 6:38 pm

Photo courtesy of Sue Starkweather Miller

MOUNT MORRIS – Melissa Barnosky is headed back to Albany to defend her title in the American Legion’s oratorical contest. Barnosky won the Zone 5 contest pn Saturday at Mount Morris.

Pictured form left include: John Miga, 8th district commander; Melissa Barnosky; Walter Ackley, 8th district oratorical chairman; and Norma Weissend, the oratorical Zone 5 chairperson.

Barnosky won on Saturday, competing against three other students. She will be at the state championship on March 2nd in Albany.

Last year she was the first student from Albion to win the competition, and advanced to nationals in Indianapolis.

The students all need to give an 8-10 minute prepared speech on the U.S. Constitution and citizen duties and obligations to the government. If a contestant goes over or under the time frame, there are penalty points. Barnosky’s topic was “The Key to our Vigilance.”

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