FIRST PLACE: Abraham Martin
School of the Ozarks, Point Lookout, MO
The Chrysostom Oratory Contest was, in many ways, the culmination of my education. It was the final demonstration of my ability to think clearly and communicate effectively. It proved to me that the classical Christain model truly does produce students who are capable of powerful rhetoric.
RUNNER-UP: McKinley Traylor
Trinitas Christian School, Pensacola, FL
If anyone asked me two years ago whether I would be willing to speak in front of over 1,000 people, I would have responded with a hearty “no.” … I can now say that I enjoyed the experience and would recommend participation to everyone, especially those who do not consider themselves good public speakers.