Chicago students on their 'Soapbox'

The 6th annual Mikva Challenge Project Soapbox competition will be held Saturday at IIT. WBEZ recorded classroom competitions at Al Raby and Curie Metropolitan High School.

November 22, 2013

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Donte Massey delivers a speech during last year’s Project Soapbox competition.

High School students across Chicago are getting on their soapbox this weekend for an annual speech competition.

Nearly 3,000 teens performed speeches over the last few weeks in the classroom as part of the Mikva Challenge 6th annual Project Soapbox competition.

WBEZ producer Becky Vevea visited Curie Metropolitan High School and Al Raby High School to hear what issues students are speaking about this year.

The city-wide competition will be held at Wishnick Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Semi-finals begin at 10:15 and the final round begins at 12:30.

Listen to a discussion on the Afternoon Shift about Project Soapbox and interviews with two Curie sophomores competing in this weekend’s competition.