Project Soapbox 2018

Lion's Roar Staff

In November, the 11th graders in Government class participated in Project Soapbox, a speech competition organized by the civic engagement non-profit Mikva Challenge. Students analyzed speech structure, then drafted and delivered powerful 2-minute speeches responding to the prompt, “What is the most important issue facing young people in your community and what should we do about it?” Students spoke about gentrification, domestic violence, ageism, gang violence, and living with depression. Out of all 65 students, nine were chosen as class finalists and they delivered their speeches to the entire 11th grade on November 16.

Four students were chosen to compete in the citywide competition on December 5: Alexis Johnson, Derek Murray, Xavier Muse, and Jennifer Hernandez.