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Stars shine during the day

2/8/2024, 6 p.m.
Members of the Richmond Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority hosted their 34th Annual Oratorical Contest on Saturday, Feb. ...
Qassie Powell of Miles Jones Elementary School displays her certificate from the Oratorical Contest. Photos by Bonnie Newman Davis/Richmond Free Press

Members of the Richmond Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority hosted their 34th Annual Oratorical Contest on Saturday, Feb. 3, at John Marshall High School. The theme: “Shining Stars in the Literary Universe.”

Tranelle Pollard, Richmond Public Schools 2024 Teacher of the Year, was among hundreds of administrators, teachers and parents who came out to support dozens of RPS student participants.

Toward the end of the program, Ms. Pollard, school counselor at Dogwood Middle School, took the stage and enthusiastically called out the names of all Richmond Public Schools. Students cheered when hearing their schools mentioned.

Joining Ms. Pollard onstage were Antoinette Rogers, co-chairperson of the chapter’s Arts and Letters Committee, Dionne Ward, former principal at Brookland Middle School, and RPS School Board Chair Stephanie Rizzi.

Joining Ms. Pollard onstage were Antoinette Rogers, co-chairperson of the chapter’s Arts and Letters Committee, Dionne Ward, former principal at Brookland Middle School, and RPS School Board Chair Stephanie Rizzi.

Priscilla Goldsborough and Gwen Davis distribute voter registration information during the program. Byesheba Entzminger-Bullock, director of Changing Faces, a mental health provider, was a vendor during the event.

Priscilla Goldsborough and Gwen Davis distribute voter registration information during the program. Byesheba Entzminger-Bullock, director of Changing Faces, a mental health provider, was a vendor during the event.