Chase Roberts Takes First Place in Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition in Houston


The Houston Chronicle covered the 19th Annual Gardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition, which took place at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Christ in downtown Houston. Chase Roberts, a fifth-grade student from Cornelius Elementary School, took home first place in this year's competition.

"Now y'all know I'm a Baptist preacher from the South," Chase said, giving his best Dr. King impersonation during his speech. "There's no way you can give a Baptist preacher from the South three minutes, a microphone and an audience and expect him not to preach."

Isabel Serna, a fourth grader from Crespo Elementary School, won third place, and Shakeira Hayes, a fifth grader at Pleasantville Elementary School, took second place.

The complete article can be found here.

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