Oratorical Contest Participants 2019

Student Engagement Jumps into Mr. and Miss Coahoma Community College Competition Early with Oratorical Segment

With the Mr. and Miss Coahoma competition right around the corner, four rising sophomores spoke to the audience on the super heroes they would personally choose to be and how they would use their powers to combat issues. Two young ladies, Dierdra Gooden and Jessica Haygood and two young men, Hardest Vaughn and Russell Furr, Jr., approached the podium and formally expressed their thoughts to three judges.

Student Engagement Jumps into Mr. and Miss Coahoma Community College Competition Early with Oratorical Segment

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4057 - Melody Dixon

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Wed Feb 13, 2019

Oratorical Contest Participants 2019

With the Mr. and Miss Coahoma competition right around the corner, four rising sophomores spoke to the audience on the super heroes they would personally choose to be and how they would use their powers to combat issues. Two young ladies, Dierdra Gooden and Jessica Haygood and two young men, Hardest Vaughn and Russell Furr, Jr., approached the podium and eloquently expressed their thoughts to three judges. 

Dierdra Gooden and Jessica Haygood are the two contestants vying for the Miss CCC title. Gooden, a Tunica native and CCC cheerleader told the audience she would be Captain America with a twist. Captain Chemo-America is the name she’d give herself because she has seen so many babies and older people battling cancer. Realizing the constant struggle of cancer patients, she reflected on her experience of watching a family friend’s perfect health decline swiftly.

Haygood, a native of Quitman County and member of the Honors College, stated that she would choose to be Captain America.

“Even though this superhero is a male, I would be this superhero for numerous reasons,” she said. “He shuns the lime light…I’ve never been the person to want to be in the front or wants to be applauded for everything that I do.”

Oratorical Contest Judges 2019Hardest Vaughn, a graduate of Rosa Fort High School who currently holds the Mr. Freshman 2018-19 title at CCC, explained to the audience why he chose Superman. He pointed out that the attributes making Superman the ideal superhero include his great thinking skills, endurance and fast reactions.

“He shows people he can do different things while being a normal person instead of coming out of character,” Vaughn said.

Furr, who is also a Quitman County native, said he would use his Superman powers to end the widespread issue of inactivity among the youth. Furr emphasized that Superman uniquely thinks and plans his solution out carefully before taking action.

The contestants will compete on tomorrow evening, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Mr. and Miss Coahoma Community College competition at the Pinnacle. Judges will determine the two students who will take the crown after they compete in an on-stage Q&A, a swimwear and formal wear modeling segment, and a talent showcase.