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Miami Dade College and Miami-Dade County Public Schools Conclude 35th Anniversary of the Theodore Gibson Oratorical Season with Final Competition and Awards Ceremony May 16


Miami, May 16, 2012 - Miami Dade College (MDC)  and Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) continue an important tradition by hosting the 35th annual Theodore Gibson Oratorical Final Competition and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 16.  Elementary school students recently competed at various school site auditoriums throughout the M-DCPS District, while MDC’s North Campus served as the higher education host partner for the middle and high school student competitions, where 250 students participated. Sixty finalists will participate in the Final Competition and Awards Ceremony that will take place at the Lehman Theatre at MDC’s North Campus. 

 “The Theodore Gibson Oratorical Competition represents one of many meaningful partnerships MDC holds with M-DCPS to support school students in honing important skills and exposing them to a college environment,” said North Campus President Dr. Jose A. Vicente. “Continuing the legacy of a stalwart such as the late Reverend Theodore Gibson, while promoting African American literature and the spoken word among school students, epitomizes educational and cultural enrichment of a notable measure.”

The Theodore Gibson Oratorical Competition was created to support the interest of communications and oratory among local youth and to develop a community of students who excel at public speaking.  The Oratorical season began at the start of the school year with intra-school competitions and a student performance skill building workshop facilitated by speech faculty from MDC’s English and communications departments. The focus of the students’ oratory includes reciting poetry and prose by African American writers and other renowned personalities. High school student competitors recite their own originally penned work. Judges include MDC faculty as well as community leaders. 

“This year we are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Theodore Gibson Competition. Father Gibson and all of the founders of the Gibson competition recognized that the key to students’ success is communication,” said Milagros R. Fornell, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for M-DCPS. “Today, we continue to support this vision as we celebrate our students’ achievements, the legacy of Father Gibson and the seeds of success that have been planted on behalf of the students of Miami-Dade County Public schools. I am grateful to Miami Dade College for their continued support and partnership in preparing our students for world leadership, and recognizing that communication is a key to success.”

For more information, please visit or contact Malou C. Harrison,, North Campus dean of students.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
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Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist

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