Eastside High School hosts MLK speech contest

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)-- Eastside High School held a Martin Luther King Black History oratorical contest on Thursday morning.

Five contestants had three to five minutes for each speech. The topic of the speech was Dr. King's quote, "The time is always right to do what is right."

The purpose of the contest is to reflect on Dr. King's message and the contestants shared how it connects to the issues the country is facing in the 21st century.

"I felt like it brings some unity and realizing that we are all who we are and you just have to be confident in yourself," EHS 11th grader Breanna Coffill said.

The first place winner of the contest was 10th grader Aarti Kalamangalam. The second place winner was 10th grader Taylor Hill-Miles. The third place winner was 9th grader Miel Johnson.