Six seniors from the William S. Hart Union Excessive Faculty District traveled again by means of U.S. historical past Thursday night for the Santa Clarita Valley Bar Affiliation’s eighth annual Excessive Faculty Speech Competitors.
Whereas the digital competitors was a bit totally different attributable to COVID-19 restrictions on in-person occasions, the SCVBA didn’t need to let one other yr cross with out giving seniors the chance to win scholarships as they put together to graduate.
This yr, collaborating college students had been graded each on their oral presentation and their essay, detailing the chosen matter, which requested college students to journey again in U.S. historical past and decide an occasion or sequence of occasions resulting in the enactment of nationwide laws to personally witness and why that laws was significant to them.
For West Ranch Excessive Faculty senior Amanda Sheppard, this was the labor rights points introduced forth in the course of the Gilded Age, when the working class labored for lengthy hours and little pay, which ultimately led to the Nationwide Labor Relations Act of 1935.
“I spotted the significance of unions when my mom grew to become a preschool aide,” Sheppard stated. “The lecturers union allowed her and her colleagues entry to livable wages and protected workplaces, which is very vital given the present well being local weather.”
Sheppard acknowledged she has not been personally affected by these employees’ rights points, but famous that not everyone seems to be born into the identical state of affairs, and nobody ought to have to surrender their well being and security to make a dwelling.
Hart Excessive Faculty senior Eyan Documet started his speech by noting that there have been roughly 5,402,011 protests that occurred between January and October of 2017.
“People certain do take their civil rights severely,” Documet stated. “It’s ingrained in our Structure. In any case, we confer with the primary 10 amendments of that Structure because the ‘Invoice of Rights,’ and they’re quintessential to American tradition.”
It’s for that reason Documet selected to journey again to when James Madison first proposed the Invoice of Rights, which he stated represents the start of a convention and tradition of private freedom in America.
Equally, Saugus Excessive Faculty senior Isabella Eng selected to journey again to a well-known protest in 1963, the March on Washington, because it encompassed the nation as a complete, and partly, led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
“I notice that I don’t want a march on Washington to see the racism that runs rampant on this nation as a result of, 58 years after the March on Washington, individuals of coloration are nonetheless preventing for equality in America,” Eng stated.
As an Asian-American, Eng stated she has personally witnessed the variety of Asian hate crimes rise by means of the pandemic, and it’s remembering what Martin Luther King Jr. stated in the course of the March on Washington that she stated provides her the power to proceed to face up for equal rights.
Whereas Academy of the Canyons senior Ramesh Bahmaniyan additionally selected the Civil Rights Act, she selected to journey again to the Supreme Court docket case of Brown v. Board of Schooling in 1954, which she stated first paved the way in which to the enactment of this laws, because it helped make discrimination in opposition to pores and skin coloration unconstitutional.
“It laid the inspiration for America to be often called a land of equal schooling and development — two contributing components for why many who’re denied these alternatives of their homelands to immigrate to the USA, such people like my dad and mom,” stated Bahmaniyan, who recognized herself as a Persian-American.
The judges had been members of the SCVBA govt board, together with: Taylor Williams, president; Lucas Rowe, secretary; and members at giant: Corey Carter, Robert Castillo, John Noland and Cody Patterson. They deliberated every pupil’s presentation after which selected Sheppard because the first-place winner, with West Ranch senior Cami Armendariz putting second and Documet third.
These three college students are set to current their speeches to the SCVBA in the course of the group’s Students & Bench Evening, which is about to be held in particular person this month, earlier than they’re introduced their money scholarships of $700, $500 and $250, respectively.