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Headland High School senior wins Freedom Speaks competition

Anna plans to attend Auburn University and study chemical engineering.
Anna plans to attend Auburn University and study chemical engineering.(WTVY)
Published: Jan. 18, 2021 at 1:31 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Eight Wiregrass high school students competed in the Freedom Speaks: The Call of Lincoln and King speech competition reciting famous speeches as well as one written by themselves.

It’s an annual speech contest hosted by Proclaiming America’s Call for Equality.

Students recited either part of King’s I Have a Dream speech or Lincoln’s Gettysburg address and their speech responding to the prompt “If you wrote a speech today, what would your title be and what would be your message to society?”

PACE split $7,500 among the top three speakers.

The first-place winner was Headland High School senior Anna Fischer.

In her speech “A Plan for My Generation,” Anna listed actions to fight injustices so that the progress that many have fought and died for would not be forsaken.

“I told them that we needed to have love conquer hate, that equality for all was not an option but a requirement, kindness, and tolerance were things to be admired and not demonized, that our neighbors with different political views are not our enemy but our fellow citizens,” says Fischer.

Anna won a $3,500 scholarship.

She plans to attend Auburn University and study chemical engineering.

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