• Nick Gilchrist, a recent graduate of Winston-Salem State University, traveled to Philadelphia in July to attend Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity’s international conclave.
Gilchrist was a contestant in the oratorical contest, competing against five other contestants from across the nation, and brought home the national oratorical championship.
Contestants were required to speak about how Phi Beta Sigma can help push President Barack Obama’s initiative for academic excellence for African-Americans. Gilchrist won the competition by focusing on the fraternity’s education program, drawing parallels between it and the goals of Obama’s initiative.
For winning the contest, Gilchrist received a trophy and a $1,500 scholarship. He will remain the fraternity’s national oratorical champion until the next conclave in 2015. Gilchrist joined Phi Beta Sigma fraternity in the spring of 2012.