A Historic Speech: The 19th Annual Gettysburg Address Contest

December 1, 2017 (West Chester, PA).  The place to be before the big parade is of course, The Lincoln Building.  The 19th Annual Gettysburg Address Contests included seven middle school students from local West Chester schools. Amongst friends, family and parade goers below, the little Lincoln’s proudly read their speeches on top of the Lincoln Buildings balcony.   The event recognizes and celebrates the 154th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.

Hosted by the Chester County Community Foundation and the Historical and Architectural Review Board (HARB), “each student did a great job delivering their speeches” commented Bob Gross, event founder and Joe Martino, event organizer.

Ellie Blanck from Fugett Middle School, Pranav Muthaiyan from Fugett middle School and Sophia DeBarberie from Saints Peter and Paul School, placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively. Brenne Aravind, Chinonye Moneme, and Jaiden Slifer from Fugett Middle School and Grace O’Neil from Saint Agnes School, all received participation certificates.  Grace O’Neil also rounded out the contest by winning the award for Best Costume. Cash prizes and certificates were presented to all.  Judges included Rick Weber, Kate Shaw and John Noakes.


In addition, Bob Gross who is the event founder and Master of Ceremonies gave each student finalist a large Lincoln coin engraved with the Gettysburg Address.   A representative from State Senator Andy Dinniman’s office also presented each contestant with a certificate.


A thank you all the students, teachers, parents, judges and schools for supporting this event.  Special thanks to our Top Hat Champion; DNB First and our Prize Patrons: Zukin Realty; WhirlAway Travel & Cruise; Consultants Friends of Carolyn T. Comitta; Team Jean Homes; Friends of Andy Dinniman; StanAb, LP; Friends of Jordan Norley; and to the Chester County Community Foundation for promoting and hosting the event.


The event encourages youth, their families, and friends to become more involved in the community around them and more deeply appreciate local history and the key events that have shaped our nation.


The Chester County Community Foundation connects people who care with causes that matter, so their philanthropy makes a difference now and forever. The Community Foundation holds over 350 funds in trust and annually awards $2.5 million in grants and scholarships.  www.chescocf.org

A Historic Speech: The 19th Annual Gettysburg Address Contest