• Every year, OUSD organizes the Martin Luther King, Jr. Oratorical Fest in its schools. The fest has been running for over 30 years and over 5,000 students participate annually.

    The fest is a competition in which students recite oratory from memory, either individually or in groups. The pieces are short (3 mins max for individuals, 5 mins for groups) and can be in one of four categories: original poetry & essays, individual poetry (how is this different from "original poetry and essays"?), famous speeches and essays, choral speaking and dramatic skits. Every participating school can only submit 4 entries, so it seems that competition should be quite stiff, although it would be fantastic to have the perspective from people who have attended and/or participated in this event in the past for more information about what it's like.

    Oratorical Fest Participants  
    Congratulations to the following students who participated in the 37th Annual MLK Jr. Oratorical Fest Competition:

    Ziaira Redd
    Maxwell Davis
    Jordynn Lane 
    Alayna McDonald 
    Leslye Marciel Arrellano
    Abisag Mendoza 
    Jaila Callen
    RyJanae Attaway
    Brianna Armstrong
    Paea Moa
    Eddie Lopez Lopez
    Daniel Montoya
    Kaiesha Love
    Daija Jaimah
    James Wilson
    John Robinson
    Ziaira Redd and Maxwell Davis won 3rd place, and both choral groups won 1st place! First place winners will participate in the final competition at Castlemont HS on Sunday, February 28th at 2pm. 

    Oratorical Fest Finals Date/Time/Location:

    Sunday, February 28, 2016


    Castlemont High School

    Phillip Reeder Performing Arts Center

    8601 MacArthur Blvd., 94605