Special Recognition Awards


April, 2018

Melissa Barnosky was recognized by the Board of Education as the 2018 New York State Oratorical Contest winner. 

On March 3rd, Melissa Barnosky took 1st place at the New York State Constitutional Speech/Oratorical Contest in Albany.  Melissa competed against four other Zone level winners from across New York State. Melissa received a $6,000 scholarship.

As the New York State winner, she moves on to the National Oratorical Contest. It takes place on April 14-15 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  She competes against 53 other contestants from around the country.

It was a long process to get to the State level competition.  First Melissa had to win the school contest.  Then she moved on to the County level where she competed against students from all five Orleans County schools.  She then moved on to the District level in Buffalo, where she competed against students from Western New York schools.  She advanced to the Zone level competition in Mount Morris and competed against students from an eight county area to be the Zone 5 representative at the State contest.     

The oratorical contest is sponsored by The American Legion.  Melissa was sponsored by our local Sheret Post 35.

View the NYSLegion Oratorical Contest link for more information on Melissa's win in Albany.    

Congratulations, Melissa!