The team representing the University of Alaska Southeast took top awards in the annual statewide contest of the Alaska Native Oratory Society, held at the University of Alaska Anchorage on April 17.
The Alaska Native Oratory Society is a learning community and offers a series of speaking events that provide opportunities for Alaska Native, Native American and non-Native high school and university students to develop their oratory skills through participation in four speech categories: oratory, declamation, storytelling, and Native languages.
Yakutat High School student Maka Monture placed first in two categories: dramatic declamation and storytelling; UAS student Crystal Rogers placed first in Native language and second place in dramatic declamation; UAS student Joe Yates placed second in Native language and third in dramatic declamation; and UAS student Ralph Wolfe took first place in oratory and second in storytelling.
All UAS winners are members of the Wooch.een club, which raised funds and organized the successful raising of the Eagle totem pole on April 24 at the UAS Auke Lake campus.
More information on AkNOS can be found online at www.uaa.alaska.edu/native/aknos/index.cfm