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St. Petersburg, Florida -- Students competed for a top spot in an oratorical competition at Shorecrest Preparatory.

It's the state's regional competition put on through the Jack and Jill of American Organization.

Each contestant presented a three to five minute self-written monologue based on this year's theme: "Pink and Blue the American You."

Jack and Jill of American is a national organization that prides itself on promoting education among African American youth.

This type of competition helps the students hone and develop their writing and presentation skills. They are judged on things like poise, pronunciation, detail, and story theme.

The proud winners are pictured with 10 News' Shyann Malone, who emceed the event.

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