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VGCC students encouraged to enter Martin Luther King speech contest

Vance-Granville Community College students are invited to submit speeches for the college’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday celebration, which is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 in the Civic Center on VGCC’s Main Campus in Vance County.


For the third year in a row, the program will feature several VGCC students’ speeches on the legacy of Dr. King. This year’s theme is: “I’m living the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. because….” The students submitting the top four entries will be selected to deliver their speeches during the program. At that time, a panel of judges will award cash prizes to the contestants: for first place, $100; for second place, $40; for third place, $20; and for fourth place, $15. Previous winners of the contest include Warren Early College High School student Shirlecia Hunt of Norlina in 2010 and College Transfer student Katina Harris of Warrenton in 2011.


The speeches, in which students can connect recent American history with their own experiences, have become a highlight of the annual VGCC event, which also includes inspirational music. The celebration is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to area citizens in need. As an added bonus, all attendees who donate a food item will have a chance to take home some fantastic door prizes.


Students who want to enter the contest must submit their speeches in writing to Tina L. Ragland in room 7211 on Main Campus by noon on

January 9, 2012



For more information, call Tina Ragland at (252) 738-3318.


Above: Katina Harris delivers her winning speech at the Martin Luther King celebration in Jan. 2011. (VGCC photo)