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Buffalo student's presentation of funny Cuban parable wins 112th Richmond Speaking Contest

Posted at 9:27 PM, May 22, 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Speaking on stage in a large auditorium under bright lights, in front of dozens of people, is enough to make anyone's hands sweat.

On Wednesday, 16 students from across the Buffalo School District did just that for the 112th Richmond Speaking Contest.

Each student had to memorize and present a poem, parable, or speech that could be up to six minutes in length. They presented inside the Hohn Auditorium at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Selections ranged from speeches by former First Lady Michelle Obama to cultural folktales.

The winning presentation went to Buffalo Public Schools student Alana Rosario, who recited a Cuban parable in English and Spanish titled The Barking Mouse by Antonio Sacre.

Participating schools included Native American Magnet, Bennett Park Montessori, Bilingual Center, Marva J. Daniel Futures Preparatory School, Discover School, Lorraine Academy, Hamlin Park Claude & Ouida Clapp Academy, Dr. Lydia T. Wright School, Harvey Austin School, and Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts.

7 Eyewitness News Anchor Ashley Rowe was one of the judges at the competition.