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Orange County
Stark Foundation
News Release
Friday, February 09, 2018

Congratulations to Stark Reading Contest Winners at Orangefield High School

ORANGE, Texas – Orangefield High School students Sydney Catt and Jezlyn Matlock earned first place in Declamation and Interpretive Reading, respectively, at the school-level finals of the 114th Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation, a scholarship program sponsored by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.

On February 8, 2018, Orangefield High School students competed in the local-level contest, which was coordinated by Ron Chevalier, Orangefield High School teacher and school director for the Stark Reading Contest. Catt won first place in Declamation with Ann Richard’s 1988 Democratic National Convention Keynote Address, while Matlock won first place in Interpretive Reading with her presentation of O. Henry’s Hearts and Hands. Second place in Declamation went to Randi Wallace, with Whitley Hoyland receiving second-place honors in Interpretive Reading.

Meara Patterson served as the emcee for the Orangefield competition. Zach Quinn, Orangefield High School Principal, presented the awards to the 2017-18 school-level contest winners. Old First Orange Baptist Church graciously hosted the event.

Each second-place winner was awarded $1,500 in scholarships from the Stark Foundation, while the two first-place winners were awarded $2,000 in scholarships. The first-place winners from Orangefield High School will go on to compete against the first-place winners from other participating Orange County public high schools at the County Final of the Stark Reading Contest, which is scheduled for Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 2 p.m. at the Lutcher Theater.

The Stark Reading Contest is sponsored by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation as part of its continuing mission to enrich the quality of life in the Orange community and encourage education. The aim of the Contest is to enhance the literary and forensic quality and skills of Orange County public high school students. The Contest has continued annually since its inception in 1904, which makes the 2017-18 school year the 114th annual year of the Contest. In addition to offering educational opportunities and experiences for students at eligible Orange County public high schools, participating students may earn scholarship awards for continued education.

 The 2018 winners of the Orangefield school-level competition held February 8 at Old First Orange Baptist Church (Left to Right): Randi Wallace: 2nd place, Declamation; Sydney Catt: 1st place, Declamation; Jezlyn Matlock: 1st place, Interpretive Reading; Whitley Hoyland: 2nd place, Interpretive Reading




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