Stark Reading Contest Winners at Orangefield

The 2015 winners of the school-level competition held March 12 at Orangefield Hi

Orangefield High School students Thanh Tsan and Chase Slaughter earned first place in Declamation and Interpretive Reading, respectively, at the school-level finals of the 111th Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation, a scholarship program sponsored by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.

March 12, ten 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. Tsan won first place in Declamation with “1997 Commencement to Wellesley College” by Oprah Winfrey, while Chase Slaughter won first place in Interpretive Reading with his presentation of an excerpt from “The Hounds of Fate” by Saki. Second place in Declamation went to Kristen Blanke, with Jeri Agee receiving second-place honors in Interpretive Reading.

Two 2014 Stark Reading Contest County Finalists, Katy Swiere and Claire Trawhon, served as the emcees for the Orangefield competition. Deana Van Pelt, Orangefield High School assistant principal, presented awards to the 2014-15 school-level contest winners.

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 26, at 2 p.m. at the Lutcher Theater.