MHS graduate takes first place

Photos by Joyce Ervin
Marley Tucker.

By Joyce Ervin

Milan High School 2015 graduate, Marley Tucker, won another award at Ferris State University where she is studying journalism.  She was the First-Place winner of the 30th Annual Campus-Wide Public Speaking Contest.
She gave a persuasive speech.  Whether you agree or disagree with her premise, she’s to be congratulated for a job well done.
Her topic was racist mascots in school programs and sports. Examples she gave of racist names were Cleveland Indians, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Blackhawks and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Why are they racist?  Some of her reasoning, she said, “For example, when many schools and sports teams adopted their team names and mascots Native American people and tribes weren’t allowed to vote, practice their religions, or speak their languages-so that kind of complicates that historic aspect of honor.”
Tucker will be busy this summer not giving speeches but writing for the Mackinaw Island Town Crier newspaper, as part of a summer intern program May through August. She is the daughter of Kathy and Brad Tucker of Milan.

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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