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Anita Williams Peck Public Speaking Competition

Anita Williams Peck 2019 Public Speaking Competition 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.

Top 3 speakers with the judges

Judges and Top 3 Speakers: Kevin Stoner, Ward Todd, Kira Milgrim, Xavier Sharp, Aleca Pardo, Assistant Principal Rachael Scorca, and John Moriarty

Top 3 speakers with their teacher and Asst. Principal Scorca

Teacher and AP Scorca with the Top 3 Speakers: Christina Krzywonos, Kira Milgrim, Xavier Sharp, Aleca Pardo, and Rachael Scorca

Ms. Scorca and Ms. Still

Scholarship Co-chairs: Ms. Rachael Scorca and Ms. Linda Still (former KHS Public Speaking Teacher)