BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Celebrating Black History Month. Sunday, students spoke about the importance of education while competing in WJZ‘s Black History Oratory Contest.

Adam May has more.

Twenty students from across Maryland competed in the Black History Oratory Contest at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore, part of WJZ‘s Continuing Community Commitment.

Each speech was based on one of three famous quotes.

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those that prepare for today,” eleventh-grader Ashia Ryan said.

Ryan, from Western Tech High School, won first place.

“When we let the opportunities we have to learn slip away, we pay for it in the future,” said Zach Campbell with Trinity Academy Homeschool who came in second.

“Without an education, I would not be the person I am today,” said Autumn Walker from Friends School who also finished in the top three.

Ryan actually has her quote from Malcolm X hanging on her bedroom wall.

“It’s something I live by, something I look to for the encouragement to keep going, keep studying, do well in school,” she said. “So it was coincidence to have this presented me and to talk about it because it’s something I know well.”

The winners received scholarships and prizes.

Comments (5)
  1. Shireen Hodge-Ryan says:

    I’m so proud of my daughter. Thank you WJZ-13 for encouraging the youth of Maryland.

  2. eduardo says:

    Maybe this young lady could taslk some sense into all the corner rats using ebonics & then getting angry at Whitey when they can’t find work.

  3. Shireen Hodge-Ryan says:

    Whiitelady, Bless your heart because you need help! Contrary to what you believe, we are highly educated people. Mom- has 2 degrees, Dad has one. Dr. Henry P Davis…is her grandfather. The Honorable Susan Davis Wigenton is her Aunt. So continue eating at our local restaurant & we will hire you when you finish high school.

  4. Rhonda Greene says:

    Ashia you are a remarkable young lady, continue to stay focused, your steps are ordered and you deserve nothing but the best. The SOALS are so very proud to of you.

  5. Ballsohardclub says:

    For every Hodge Ryan feel good story, there’s thousands of ignorant black dying in the streets because of ignorant baby momma parents & bozo daddy’s. The arrogance / Ignorance is overwhelming.

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