The Mobile County Fifth Grade Oratorical Contest was held on Sunday, May 3rd at the Yvonne Kennedy Auditorium at Bishop State Community College. This year the first place winner was Drake Garmon, a fifth grade student at Morningside Elementary School. Drake's victory came when he recited 'I Am A Man: Ode to Martin Luther King Jr.' a three page poem by Eve Merriam. When asked how he felt about his victory Drake replied, This feels great. I was able to reach this goal with the help of my coach Janet Bell, family support, and my desire to be a winner. My teacher/coach always said, "Success comes to those who make the sacrifice, and failure to those who sit and wait." I took those words to heart, and I knew that since I wanted to be on the winning side I would have to commit myself to hard work. I didn't mind and it paid off. I'm happy and proud. I would like to thank my coach Janet Bell, and my beautiful mother Tanya Garman for helping me become a winner today.
Comments on "Morningside Student Wins County Oratorical Contest"
Congratulations to you Drake and Ms. Bell. Drake you should be very proud of yourself and I know you mother is proud. Ms. Bell you did it again. You produced another winner. Keep doing what you do best. You produced them from Fonvielle and now from Morningside. Congratulations Ms. Bell!!!!
Congratulations to Drake and Mrs.Bell.I know it was a lot of hard work, I love that speech it is very special to me because my son did the same speech at Bessie C Fonville and then again at Booker T Washington Middle and won. His is name is Melvin Payne.
Congratulations to Drake and Ms. Bell. Students and teachers like this make us proud to be educators! Way to go, Mom. More parents need to be positive motivators. Our kids reflect their upbringing. Be proud. You deserve it!!!!!