Participants in the Oratorical Contest included Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness graduate students Sanjana Ramaseshan, Dipti Balwani, and Edward Henderson II; Dance Education graduate student Jaylen Taylor; and International Relations undergraduate Michaella Blemur.
Blemur took first prize in the competition. The judges included associate professor of Media, Culture, and Communication Bretty Gary and clinical associate professor of Communicative Sciences and Disorders María Rosa Brea, as well as administrative manager of the Office of Student Affairs Tara McNally and GSO senator Miranda Rivera-Flaviá.
Blemur’s oration, entitled “Spelling Game,” combined lyrical wordplay with quotes and inspirational messaging to weave a story of freedom, strength, and will.
“I write things that come to my mind,” Blemur shared. “I had this idea to write a poem that had to do with spelling and a play on words, and I actually built it from the bottom up – I wrote the last lines first and worked backwards. I took inspiration from some of my favorite lyricists and combined it to make this motivational poem that I’m really proud of.”
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