Alpha Phi Alpha Oratorical Competition Awards Area Young Men With Scholarships

By D. Willie
The Upsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. held its 7th Annual MLK Oratorical Competition last weekend featuring seven local young men competing for $5,500 dollars in scholarships.

The eloquent scholars moved the crowd at Westside High School with their thoughts on “Modern media and its effects on the black community.”

Winner included: 1st place – Joseph Belk (Westside High); 2nd Place – Alphonso Robinson (Stanton College Preparatory); 3rd Place – James Terrell (Sandlewood High and 4th Place – Akil Reynolds (Terry Parker High). The other finalist included Gary Scott (Trinity Christian), Brandon Mack (A. Phillip Randolph) and Kaleb Roundtree (Stanton College Preparatory).

President Ben Parker stated “I am so impressed and proud of these young men. They exemplify the hope and possibility of the future.”

Pictured left to right:  Ben Parker, President Upsilon Lambda Chapter Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., Joseph Belk (1st Place-$3,000), Akil Reynolds (4th Place-$500), Brandon Mack, Alphonso Robinson (2nd Place $1,500), Kaleb Roundtree, Gary Scott, James Terrell (3rd Place-$500) and Charlie Gillette – MLK Oratorical Chair, Upsilon Lambda Chapter Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

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