Albion student wins 84th annual county oratorical contest
KENDALL – The Covid-19 pandemic didn’t stop the 84th annual annual oratorical contest through the American Legion in Orleans County.
The Kendall Junior-Senior High School hosted the event on Friday, with two finalists from both Albion and Kendall.
Students needed to prepare and deliver an 8- to 10-minute speech on the U.S. Constitution. They needed to give the speech from memory.
William Barnosky and Ashley Ames competed from Albion, and Kendall’s representatives included Willow Clark and Layne Pearson.
Barnosky won first place and Clark was second. They advance to the regional competition in Buffalo in January.
“The oratorical event is one of the true highlights of our school year,” said Carol D’Agostino, the Kendall principal. “It is our goal to sponsor as many student-centered activities as possible, of course safely, so that our students are not denied these educational experiences. We are always proud to welcome our veterans to Kendall to judge our students’ speeches.”
William Barnosky improved from his third place finish last year in the competition. His sister, Melissa Barnosky, twice was the state champion in the event, advancing to the national competition in 2018 and 2019.