Winners of the annual North County Churches Uniting for Racial Harmony and Justice Oratorical Contest were honored Jan. 22 during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley.
The event featured several speakers and choir performances, as well as a 60-foot by 120-foot birthday card for Dr. King that was signed by celebration attendees. The Ritenour School District also received the Dr. Rance Thomas Excellence in Community Partnership Award.
The keynote speaker was Shawntelle Fisher, STLCC-Florissant Valley alumna, who also is founder/CEO of The SoulFisher Ministries.
The contest winners are pictured with several dignitaries in attendance. Appearing left to right in the photo are: Dr. Rance Thomas, president, NCCU; Anthony Stephen Holmes, North County Christian School; Brice Anderson, Blossom Wood Day School; Shawntelle Fisher; Arden Isbell, Trinity Catholic High School; Arlazza Hardwick, Fairview Elementary School; Dr. Tonya Jones-Clinton, Special School District at Ferguson-Florissant School District; and Dr. Elizabeth Gassel Perkins, campus president and chief academic officer, STLCC-Florissant Valley.