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Constitutional talking points

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 8 January 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Tom Rivers

ALBION – Marisa Hanlon, a junior at Kendall, delivers a speech about the Constitution during today’s Orleans County Legislature meeting. Hanlon last month won the county’s American Legion Oratorical Contest. She will compete in the district competition on Sunday in Kenmore.

Participants have to deliver 8- to 10-minute memorized speeches about the Constitution. Hanlon spoke about how the Constitution excluded African-Americans and several amendments were needed for African-Americans to have equal rights.

Legislature Chairman David Callard is pictured in back listening to Marisa. Her mother Nadine Hanlon is the Legislature clerk. She is pictured at right.

Marisa is president of the Student Council in Kendall, plays varsity soccer, is a member of 4-H and is a dancer. She serves on the Orleans County Youth Board as a youth representative.