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Shakeal Moore stands with his mother, Lizzie Staton, and American Legion Division 1 Commander Franklin Smith after winning the Division Level American Legion National Oratorical Scholarship Program on Feb. 9 in Edenton.

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Shakeal Moore stands with his mother, Lizzie Staton, and American Legion Division 1 Commander Franklin Smith after winning the Division Level American Legion National Oratorical Scholarship Program on Feb. 9 in Edenton.

Edgecombe student wins two oratorical competitions

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Edgecombe Early College High School student Shakeal Moore recently won two oratorical competitions.

Moore won first place in the American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program oratorical contest at Division Level after previously winning at the club and district levels. Moore also won the Rotary Against Drugs Contest at Club Level sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tarboro.

Moore has won 21 oratorical contests.

“Brendan Kennelly, one of my favorite poets, once said ‘If you want to serve the age, betray it,’” Moore said. “And that is exactly what I intend to do – defy every odd that urges me to settle for less because God has promised me the absolute best.”

Moore also credits his teachers James Guy, Jamie Hathaway and Keith Webb for their support and encouragement during each contest.

Moore represented Post 19 of Tarboro in the annual American Legion High School oratorical contest that focuses on the U.S. Constitution and was held this year in Edenton. His oration, “I am Liberty,” expounded on the constitution’s importance that provides the nation with order and control, its safeguards to protect “we the people” and how it remains durable and adaptive to changing times. He will advance to the state final on March 2 in Conover.