2013 Contest held indoors

Rain forced the Contest indoors yesterday. James Hoban’s Restaurant on nearby New Hampshire Avenue provided a space for the contest to proceed in spite of the rain. Eleven contestants competed, some of them having traveled from Florida, Indiana, and Delaware. Sarah Henry took first place reading from “Improved Man.” Terence Madden took second place reading from Ingersoll’s talk about Thomas Paine.  Third place was won by Tya M. Pope who chose from two related speeches:  “A Christmas Sermon” and “What I Want for Christmas.” Jenniffer Masterson took forth place reading a selection from Ingersoll’s “Suffrage Address.”  All of the performances were excellent, some even performed from memory as Ingersoll did. Links to photographs and videos will be posted here as they become available
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