Of the People: Students' Reverence of the Past Offers Glimpse of the Future
Observing a cherished tradition, Yonkers middle and high school students recited Lincoln's Address on The Battlefield of Gettysburg during the Mayor's Annual Memorial Day Oratorical Contest.
Spearheaded by the Central Committee of Veterans, the contest demonstrates the enduring power of words.
Twenty students from 19 schools participated. Congratulations to all. The winners are:
First place: Jonathan Guerrido, grade 12, Roosevelt High School
Runners up: Brian Garcia Hernandez, grade 12, Lincoln
Juan Ruiz, grade 12, Yonkers Montessori Academy
First place: Ariel Pennington-Reyes, grade 8, Pearls
Runners up: Sade Javier, grade 8, Gibran
Mikayla Teixeira, 8, grade School 13
Jonathan will recite the Gettysburg Address on May 27, 2019 at City Hall, and will have the option to compete at a regional, state, and national level for scholarship money through the American Legion competition. This image of the Great Emancipator is courtesy of the Library of Congress.
Lincoln's address at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery, November 19, 1863.
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