Senior Speaks at Library of Congress

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Iris Valentin, Features Managing Editor

Utilizing his speech skills developed last year in AP Language and Composition, senior Christian Melgar recited the Gettysburg Address at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. Nov. 19.

Ford’s Theatre, also in Washington D.C., contacted Melgar through English teacher Krista McKim asking him to present the speech in honor of the Library of Congress’ 155th anniversary and the new wing that was built dedicated to President Abraham Lincoln.

“It was an honor reciting the speech,” Melgar said. “This was a great experience for me, not only representing RHS but myself as a student speaker.”

Melgar had previously presented his original speech “Never Enough” at Ford’s Theatre, which tells the story of his path to becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) student, after competing in an oratory contest last year through his English class.

A video of Melgar reciting The Gettysburg Address can be found on the Library of Congress’ website.