CHS Student Wins Second Place at Public Speaking Competition

CHS Student Wins Second Place at Public Speaking Competition photo
Central High School junior Safiyyah Savage has placed second in an annual public speaking competition presented by the Theodore Roosevelt Association along with New York Community Bank. This event requires students to create a five-minute speech based upon some aspect of 26th President’s life.  

On May 31 at Christ Church in Oyster Bay, Theodore Roosevelt’s family church, more than 60 students from throughout Nassau County competed and only 12 were selected to be finalists. Safiyyah gave a rousing speech based upon Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena” excerpt from his address entitled “Citizenship in a Republic” in Paris, 1901. She spoke about how Nelson Mandela actually used the speech to inspire the South African Rugby team nearly 85 years later. She was rewarded for her efforts with a medal emblazoned with Roosevelt and $1,000 scholarship.

Safiyyah is continuing to compete in public speaking events, and this summer will represent Central at the Future Business Leaders of America’s National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.