Black History Oratorical Competition

NPSD Black History Oratorical Competition


Black History Oratorical Competition Winners

Each year in celebration of black history month, NPSD students in grades three through 12 are invited to participate in the NPSD Black History Oratorical Competition (BHOC). Beginning in 2019, the competition is designed to give NPSD public school students an opportunity to shine through public speaking while honoring black history. To enter the contest, students are required to submit a video of themselves reciting a published speech or poem from an African-American or black leader such as Toni Morrison, Michelle Obama, Barack Obama, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jesse Jackson, etc.

The BHOC culminates in a final competition round consisting of live, competitive and celebratory performances. The event serves not only as a chance for students to vie for the title of competition winner, but also provided North Penn students, families and community members the opportunity to celebrate black history through musical performances by students and staff.

Based on criteria including expression/stage presence, delivery and presentation, and overall effectiveness, student finalists are judged by a panel of diverse educators and community members. From the finalists selected to compete in the final round, one student from each level (elementary, middle and high) is chosen by judges as the winners of the competition. The three competition winners then go on to perform at the International Spring Festival held at North Penn High School.


NPSD 2022 Black History Oratorical Competition

In celebration of Black History, all North Penn students from grades 3-12 are invited to participate in this year's Black History Oratorical Competition. The competition is designed to give North Penn public school students an opportunity to shine through public speaking while honoring Black history. Students will recite published speeches or poems from an African-American or Black leader such as Maya Angelou, Michelle Obama, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jesse Jackson, or others.

How do I sign up?

  1. Interested students will recite their speech and submit the video by Friday, January 21st using this link. A committee will review each submission and select finalists for the district-wide competition.
  2. Selected students from each level will present their speeches at a competition held at North Penn High School on Thursday, February 24th from 6:00-8:00 pm.
Video submission will be selected based upon how students respect/honor Black History, and embody messages that inspire and uplift participants to continue towards progress; believing the impossible is possible. Remember: Black History is not just about slavery and the Civil Rights Movement. Strive to select oratory pieces that reflect the S.P.I.R.I.T. of the people throughout the African Diaspora:
S- Strength  P- Perseverance  I- Imagination  R- Responsibility  I- Integrity  T- Talent

If you require any special accommodations, please contact, Dr. D'Ana Waters, NPSD Assistant Superintendent, at

For a complete list of rules and rubrics, click here.

2020 Competition Winners


Congratulations to high school division winner Dominique Bethel on her moving performance of “Still, I Rise” by Maya Angelo. Pennfield Middle School’s Kairee Glass took the middle school division with his strong reading of “The Heart and the Fist” by Rudy Francisco. The elementary division was captured by Royel Hall at Oak Park Elementary School for his portrayal of Muhammed Ali’s speech, “I Am the Greatest.” NPSD would like to congratulate the division winners and also recognize middle school runner-up LeRoy Hall from Penndale Middle School and elementary runner-up Tatyana Pometun from Gwyn-Nor Elementary School.

View photos from 2020 Black History Oratorical Final Competition