Livingston, Ala. Several students took their talents to the stage Friday in the Sumter County Alumni Association's Annual Essay and Oratorical Contest in conjunction with Black History Month. The competition tests their writing and presentation skills.
The program was centered around historical black men and women who paved the way for future generations to follow in their footsteps, according to alumni members, Marcus Campbell.
"They focused on our black leaders, pioneers who laid the path, the future that we have today," said Marcus Campbell. "The ones who got out and did extraordinary things, did those extraordinary things by being ordinary people."
Five schools within the Sumter County School District participated in the competition at Livingston Junior High School.
Winners were chosen in several age categories.