Bud Billiken royal court contestants give oral essays

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Candidates vying to be a part of this year’s Bud Billiken Royal Court took the microphone Saturday as part of the oral essay contest. In an auditorium at the Northeastern University’s Carruther’s Center for Inner City Studies, 700 E. Oa

Candidates vying to be a part of this year’s Bud Billiken Royal Court took the microphone Saturday as part of the oral essay contest. In an auditorium at the Northeastern University’s Carruther’s Center for Inner City Studies, 700 E. Oakwood Blvd, the youngsters read aloud the essays they wrote on the subject of energy.

The contestants, six girls and five boys ranging in age from 8 to 12, and were in grades 3 to 7, spoke on one of three topics: A day in your life and the different sources of energy you used. Speak with an older person about what it is like to have a vegetable or herb garden, then describe what it would be like to have such a garden in your neighborhood.

Describe that fun thing you do with your body to burn energy and how it makes you feel.

Each of the contestants made their oral presentation before a panel of judges that included legal, education and media professionals. Parents, community and other supporters were also in attendance.

The first, second and third place winners of the oral essay contest, as well as the announcement of the 2011 Bud Billiken Royal Court, will be made July 27. Winners of the oral essay presentations could possibly not be part of the Royal Court, said Joslyn DiPasalegne, Bud Billiken King and Queen contest coordinator.

Contestants in the oral essay presentation were: Taryn Turner, Marius Guyton, Noadiyah Jones, Thomas Jackson Jr., Jhadia Adams, Dakota James, Zaria Irving, Aaron Parker, Ariyana Shines, Cincere Henning-Morris and Autumn Nichele.

Copyright 2011 Chicago Defender

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