Stephen Bell, a senior at Asheboro High School, took second place in the division finals of the 53rd annual American Legion Oratorical Contest in Chapel Hill Feb. 15.
Bell gave an eight-minute speech called ``A Ticket to Freedom' without notes or lectern. He also was required to speak extemporaneously for three to five minutes on a constitutional topic picked by the judges.In order to advance to the division finals, Bell had to win the city, county and district contests. The local contest was sponsored by American Legion Post 45. For his efforts, Bell received a $100 savings bond from Asheboro High School, a $100 savings bond from the county, a medal for the district win and a medal, certificate and $25 for the second-place division finish.
Bell is the son of Joe and Nancy Bell. He is student body president and is active in SAVE (Students Against Violating the Environment), the Art Club, Park Street Players and the Spanish Club. He is also president of the Octagon Club at Asheboro High School. After graduation, Bell plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.