Native Oratory Contest Marks Decade
UAS and local high school students competed in Native Language, Storytelling, Dramatic Declamation and Oratory categories.
Several Alaska Native students participated in the 10th Annual Oratory Contest held Saturday, March 3 at the Juneau campus hosted by the Wooch.een club. UAS and local high school students competed in Native Language, Storytelling, Dramatic Declamation and Oratory categories. Top prizes won tuition credits.
It is my honor to recognize and thank all of you for your continued support, participation, and team spirit in making the University’s 10th year of competition, such a wonderful success! An event such as this would not have been possible without every individual that participated in the preparation, performing, judging, time keeping, tallying, and guiding.
A special thank you to the following: Our most Cherished guest speakers Elder Cyril George, and Della Cheney for your words of encouragement to all of the Oratory participants. Chancellor John Pugh, Provost Rick Caulfield for your continued support and acknowledgement of the student participants. Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages Lance Twitchell for your traditional story and relating to all of our student participants as active participants in keeping our culture alive! Dean of Students Jessie Grant, and Dean of Enrollment Management Joe Nelson, PITAAS Director Ronalda Cadiente-Brown, Student Services Administrative Manager Roxy Felkl, Administrative Specialist Shauna Bail, and Director of the Learning Center Hildegard Sellner for sponsoring and encouraging our students to continue hosting this wonderful annual event.
So what’s next? UAS is considering hosting the Statewide Event at our Juneau campus, Wooch.een will collaborate with a committee of faculty, staff, and community members to figure out next steps. Please stay tuned! Onto the results!!!
--Kolene James, Coordinator, Native and Rural Student Center
Native Language: Anastasia Brink, 1st place UAS Student, Stephanie Tripp, 2nd place UAS PITAAS Student, Richard Tagaban, 3rd place UAS PITAAS Student
Storytelling: Konrad Frank, 1st place UAS Student, Lorene Hanlon, 2nd place UAS Student, Naahaan, 3rd place UAS Student
Dramatic Declamation: Nae Tumulak, 1st place UAS Student, Stephanie Tripp, 2nd place UAS PITAAS Student, Konrad Frank, 3rd place UAS Student
Oratory: Lorene Hanlon, 1st place UAS Student, Nae Tumulak, 2nd place UAS Student, Naahaan, 3rd place UAS Student