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Miami Dade College Joins Miami-Dade County Public Schools to Present 31st Annual Theodore Gibson Oratorical Project

Gibson Project

Miami, March 11, 2008 - Hundreds of students will have an opportunity to sharpen their verbal skills once again at the Theodore Gibson Oratorical Project, a joint venture between Miami Dade College (MDC) and Miami-Dade County Public Schools. The project provides strategies to address various aspects of oral presentation, such as voice projection, enunciation, articulation, posture, and dramatic techniques. A final competition and awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, May 14, at MDC’s North Campus. 

 “MDC is proud to serve as our school district’s partner in support of our most precious human resource,” said North Campus President Dr. José A. Vicente.  “Through initiatives like this, we are able to provide constructive enrichment, all in an effort to grow our community’s future leaders.”

This year’s Theodore Gibson Oratorical Project kicked-off with a special celebration on Jan. 31 at Overtown’s historic Lyric Theatre. Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields, founder of the Black Archives History and Research Foundation of South Florida, delivered the keynote address. The event included a comprehensive enrichment workshop designed to develop student presentation and announced public speaking skills sessions via coaching, performance and feedback scheduled throughout the month of March.  Workshop facilitators included members of the school system’s exemplary student Urban Debate League, where Gibson Oratorical Project intra-school finalists benefited from peer-to-peer guidance.  An additional component of oratorical skills training was delivered by a team of speech faculty from MDC’s School of English and Communications.

“I am confident that our students are well prepared to compete in the annual Theodore Gibson Oratorical Project. Providing students with the opportunity to participate in this oratorical competition is a valuable life learning experience,” said Millie Fornell, Miami-Dade Public Schools  assistant superintendent for secondary curriculum and instruction

Since 1977, the Theodore Gibson Oratorical Project has prepared students from kindergarten to 12th grade for oratorical competition. They have the option to recite poetry or prose of Black authors, or present their original works. Students also have the opportunity to perform dramatic monologues that relate to the black experience, civil or human rights movements.  High school students are required to deliver a compelling, original speech that supports or denounces an important societal or global issue.

Below is a complete list of upcoming regional competitions throughout the county  

Wednesday, March 26
Region I, Elementary Division

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lake Stevens Elementary School
5101 N.W. 183rd St., Opa-Locka

Thursday, March 27
Region 2, Elementary Division

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Scott Lake Elementary School
1160 N.W. 175 St., Miami

Thursday, March 27
Region 3, Elementary Division

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Melrose Elementary School
3050 N.W. 35 St., Miami

Wednesday, March 26
Region 4, Elementary Division

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Phyllis R. Miller Elementary School
840 N.E. 87 St., Miami

Tuesday, March 25
Region 5, Elementary Division

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
W.R. Thomas Middle School
13001 SW 26th St., Miami

Tuesday, March 25
Region 6, Elementary Division

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cutler Ridge Middle School
19400 Gulfstream Rd., Cutler Bay

Monday, March 24
All Regions, Secondary Division

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Booker T. Washington Senior High School
1200 N.W. 6 Ave., Miami 

Wednesday, May 14
Final competition 9 a.m. – Noon
Awards ceremony 1 – 2:30 p.m.
MDC’s North Campus
11380 N.W. 27 Ave. Miami

For more information about the workshops, please contact: MDC North Campus Dean of Students Malou C. Harrison at 305-237-1565.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist

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