The Anita Williams Peck Public Speaking Competition was held at SUNY Ulster’s Stone Ridge campus on June 13, 2019. Six Kingston High School seniors contended in the 10th Anniversary competition.
Aleca Pardo took the top spot with her speech on Sexual Assault, winning a scholarship of $3,500. Second place, and a scholarship of $2,500, went to Xavier Sharp. Kira Milgrim took home a $1,000 scholarship for winning third place.
2019 Speakers and Topics:
Tyana Gaton – Why Speaking to Your Children About Disabilities is Important Kira Milgrim – The Roots of Gender Discrepancy Maggie Noe – Money in Politics Aleca Pardo – Sexual Assault Xavier Sharp – Biracial Ignorance Mealea Van Denburg – Importance of Music Programs in School
Congratulations to all of the public speakers and thank you to the Peck family, SUNY Ulster and the Ulster Community College Foundation. Sadly, Ms. Williams Peck passed away earlier this year, but her generous donation of $150,000 will ensure that this program will continue for years to come.
Judges and Top 3 Speakers: Kevin Stoner, Ward Todd, Kira Milgrim, Xavier Sharp, Aleca Pardo, Assistant Principal Rachael Scorca, and John Moriarty
Teacher and AP Scorca with the Top 3 Speakers: Christina Krzywonos, Kira Milgrim, Xavier Sharp, Aleca Pardo, and Rachael Scorca
Scholarship Co-chairs: Ms. Rachael Scorca and Ms. Linda Still (former KHS Public Speaking Teacher)