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Stark Reading Contest Winners at West Orange Stark High School


Last updated 3/3/2020 at Noon

Photo: The 2020 winners of the school-level competition held February 20, 2020 at West Orange – Stark High School:

(Left to Right): Jasmine Smith: 2nd place, Declamation; Rayne Keith: 1stplace, Declamation; Lance Parks: 1st place, Interpretive Reading; Trinity Brown: 2ndplace, Interpretive Reading.

The following West Orange-Stark High School students Rayne Keith and Lance Parks earned first place in Declamation and Interpretive Reading, respectively, at the school-level finals of the 116thMiriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation, a scholarship program sponsored by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation.

On Thursday, February 20, 2020, West Orange – Stark High School students competed in the local-level contest, which was coordinated by Mason Franco, West Orange – Stark High School teacher and school director for the Stark Reading Contest. Keith won first place in Declamation with Mary Fisher’s A Whisper of Aids, while Parks won first place in Interpretive Reading with selections from The Things They Carried by Tom O’Brien. Second place in Declamation went to Jasmine Smith, with Trinity Brown receiving second-place honors in Interpretive Reading.

Mason Franco served as the emcee for the competition and presented awards to the 2019-20 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, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

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 2019-20 school year the 116thannual 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.


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