Cyan Jackson Wins Post 43's Oratorical Contest

Cyan Jackson receives her winning certificate and prize from Randy Kahn and First Vice Commander,  Fernando Rivero. 

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Cyan Jackson, a junior at Pilgrim High School and granddaughter to member Mel Rogow, won the Post’s Oratorical Contest here, Jan. 29. During the contest, she delivered two different speeches. In her first speech, in which she prepared beforehand, she spoke to the importance of the phrase, “All men are created equal,” and how relevant still that phrase is today. In her second speech, she was required to prepare a three to five-minute impromptu speech regarding a randomly picked amendment of the constitution. Jackson drew Amendment X which states: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” 

Jackson received a check for $250 and will compete again on February 12th for the 24th District Contest with hopes of making all the way to the national contest held April 22-23 in Indianapolis. This is the 79th year for the program.

A big thanks to all who helped organize and volunteered time to make this happen:  Tom Urich, Brian Binkley, Jeric Willemson, David Westberg, David Himes, Dan MCoole, Jennifer Crandell, Paquita Hughes, James Gleason, Andrew Mitchell and Jimmy Weldon.