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CCS Student Alana Casto Selected To Speak At 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast

Alana Casto Dec. 27, 2019 - Columbus City Schools has selected a student to speak at the 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast on January 20, 2020. The contest to choose a speaker was open to all secondary students. To enter, the students recorded themselves giving their speech entry. The time limit was three minutes and the topic was Keep Moving Forward, King's idea to inspire yourself and others to dig deep and keep moving forward no matter what the circumstances. 

There were eight competitors, and the winner will be one of three speakers at the MLK Breakfast, which takes place at the Columbus Convention Center. The other two speakers also come from competitions. One will be from Morehouse College and the other will be a winner in the Columbus City-Wide MLK Youth Oratorical Contest.

CCS congratulates the District's winner, Alana Casto, a 12-year-old seventh-grader from Columbus Gifted Academy!

Casto maintains a 4.0 grade point average and is spreading her wings into numerous extracurricular activities including debate, mock trial, theater, and oratory competitions. She is passionate, articulate, and determined to be heard and to make a difference. She believes that each of us has an important message to share and that given the opportunity, we should be brave and say what is on our mind, especially in the face of injustice.

She admires the fact that Dr. King was able to fight for what he believed, in spite of the adversity he faced. Alana is interested in politics and theater as career choices. She is humbled by this opportunity to express her own beliefs in her own words and she hopes that by sharing her story, you will be willing to share yours with others as well.

For more information on the breakfast, including how to obtain tickets, please visit the event's website.