"Ben is a senior at Richwoods High School in Peoria, IL. Here he performs his poetry program entitled "Shackles of Silence". Ben competed with this speech throughout the year, consistently placing at weekly tournaments, which all led up his performance at the final State competition in February at the Peoria Civic Center.
As captain of the RHS Speech Team, Ben made sure he was on top of his game by competing in not only Poetry Reading, but also Dramatic Duet Acting and Prose Reading.
Poetry in this program include the following:
"Blue Front" by Martha Collins
"Heterophobia" by Ragan Fox
and "Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery" by Pamela Sneed"