NORMAN — Lauren Miller, a Moore student, received honors at the 12th annual Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair, “My Language Goes with Me,” on April 7 and 8 at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.
The competition drew 856 participants in grades pre-K through 12 from across Oklahoma and other states. Students competed with 398 total performances of spoken language; language with song, spoken poetry, written poetry, cartoon, poster art, book, language advocacy essay; and multimedia categories.
The 2014 Language Fair also included a special Skateboard Art category in conjunction with the current exhibit, “Ramp It Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America,” which is on display through June 15.
Miller took first place in the sixth- through eighth-grade Book and Literature category.
At this year’s event, students competed in 31 different Native American languages. There were 56 different language programs and family groups represented, and total attendance for the two days of competition reached more than 2,300.
Presenting sponsors for the 2013 Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair included the Cyril Fund, Boeing and the Sam Noble Museum.
Application materials and information for the 2015 Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair will be available through the museum’s Native American Languages department until January 2015.
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