Quishun Jenkins, left, chats with Xavier Maryland during the awards ceremony for the 26th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest Saturday at the Imperial Centre Theatre. Maryland placed first in the 9th through 12th-grade category and Jenkins placed second.
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Quishun Jenkins, left, chats with Xavier Maryland during the awards ceremony for the 26th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest Saturday at the Imperial Centre Theatre. Maryland placed first in the 9th through 12th-grade category and Jenkins placed second.

Oratorical competition uses words to inspire

By Brie Handgraaf

Staff Writer

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The words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. are essential to the 26th Annual Oratorical Contest held in his name each January, but high school winner Xavier Maryland spoke to the importance of letting those words inspire action.

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