A voice behind the students: Project Soapbox

Miranda Bolinger, Sports Editor

On Tuesday, March 3, students in A.P.U.S. government and leadership classes taught by teacher Emily Collias took part in Project Soapbox. Project Soapbox is a speech competition put together by Mikva Challenge that encourages students to speak out about an issue they are passionate about. Every student was required to write a speech, memorize it, and perform it on stage. “These powerful speeches have lasting, transformative impacts on classrooms, schools, and communities,”  mikvachallenge.org stated.

Everyone’s speeches were unique and  had personal experiences that touched many. A wide range of topics were presented including  issues with mental health, autism awareness, pro-choice and divorced households. All these things are relevant in today’s society and were passionately spoken about.

“When we first practiced it on stage it was nerve racking then the second time around for the final I grew confidence and was proud of how it turned out,” junior A.P. government student Brooke Hedrick said.

Collias picked eight students to represent RHS at the DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts) this Saturday, March 14,  to give their speeches to many other schools and possibly make it to the final top ten. Seniors Lily Kalcec, Akeel Ahmed, Haliey Ballor, Flora Luo, Kiley Raymond, Caleb Calloway, and juniors Emily Major and Olivia Morris  all made it to the DIA. Major spoke about pro-choice which is when women have the choice of getting an aboirtion instead of other people choosing . It is a touchy subject in today’s society but she took the stage with confidence and rocked her speech.

“I was surprised and honored. I felt really accomplished and am excited to present my speech again,” Major said.

Come and support your fellow classmates at the DIA this Saturday, March 14!