FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jay M. Jones, Marketing Manager
Congratulations to the Stark Reading Contest Winners at West Orange-Stark High School
ORANGE, Texas, March 29, 2012 – The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation congratulates the students of West Orange-Stark High School that participated in the Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation. On Sunday, March 25, 2012, students took part in the local level contest at the Carl Godwin Auditorium.
In declamation, Brittney Perry took first place with The Perils of Indifference by Elie Wiesel, and in interpretive reading, Paige Pollard won first place with her interpretation of Katherine Mansfield’s Marriage A la Mode. Second place went to Alayna Jacobs and Devin Hebert in declamation and interpretive reading, respectively, and each received $1,500 in scholarships. The winning students received an academic trophy for their efforts. The two first place winners, Perry and Pollard received $2,000 in scholarships and will go on to compete in the County Final contest at the Lutcher Theater on April 29, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
The aim of the Stark Reading Contest is to enhance the literary and forensic quality and skills of the students. The Contest has continued annually since its inception in 1904 and offers educational opportunities and experiences for students at Orange County public schools. The Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation is sponsored by the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation as part of its continuing mission to enrich the community and encourage education.
Winners of the West Orange-Stark High School Finals of the 2012 Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation. From L-R: Second place in interpretive reading – Devin Hebert, first place in declamation – Brittney Perry; first place in interpretive reading – Paige Pollard, second place in declamation – Alayna Jacobs.
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About the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation
The Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation is a private operating foundation established in 1961 to encourage and assist education and to improve and enrich the quality of life in Southeast Texas.
The Stark Foundation seeks to continue the legacy of its founders through the programs of the Stark Museum of Art; The W.H. Stark House; the Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts; Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center; and the Miriam Lutcher Stark Contest in Reading and Declamation. These venues provide the community and region with rich resources and opportunities for study and enjoyment of the arts, history and nature.