Saturday, March 8, 2014


For the Highland Park Black History Oratorical Contest, Dane chose a poem called, Buffalo Soldiers, by Latorial Faison. This poem tells a story of the history of Buffalo Soldiers and their contributions to America.

As in years before, to make it to the finals 2 rounds of the competition, students had to first compete against their classmates. The 5 winning students then competed against 20 others in their grade level. The top 12 were chosen to advance. Round 3 was a day time performance in front of the entire 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. Round 4, the final round, was a night time performance in front of parents. In each round, the students were also performing in front of a judge. Each time they advanced, the score followed them so that by the final round, the winners were chosen based on the total of all four performance scores. Congratulations to Dane for making it all the way for the 3rd year in a row!

Dane scored high enough to earn a first place trophy! 
Here he is with the other 5th grade winners.
 Dane's 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers were part of the Oratorical team so I grabbed a pic with them all.
Mr. Lubman (4th), Ms. Truong (3rd), Dane, and Mrs. Husmann (5th)

Bonus shots- taken before the Oratorical began.
Friends- Dane and Abigail
Classmates- Dane, Isabelle, and Nina


Latorial Faison, Poet & Author said...

Wow! Congratulations Dane, and thank you for choosing one of my poems to read for the contest! I will cherish that :)

Lisa said...

Thank you for writing a comment to Dane! Dane and I were so excited to hear from you! Thank you for your poetry, too! Buffalo Soldiers was a perfect piece for the Oratorical because of it's educational history slant.

Latorial Faison, Poet & Author said...

Tell Dane that I was just as excited to hear about what he had done. I'd love to send him an autographed book. Send a mailing address to or, and keep on doing great things Dane!

Lisa said...

Thank you so much! How exciting! We will email you right away. Dane is beaming over this whole exchange. Thank you for taking the time to reach out!