Nadine Maeser
Public Information Officer

Terri Charles
Asst. Public Information Officer


November 8, 2018

Government Relations and Public Affairs
580 Taylor Avenue
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Media Advisory:
Maryland Judiciary hosts students from DJS facilities for oratorical contest

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Students from various juvenile facilities throughout the state will come to the Maryland Court of Appeals on Wednesday, Nov. 14, to take part in the 24th Annual Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) Oratorical Contest.

Court of Appeals Judge Clayton Greene, Jr., a panel of judges, and a courtroom of families and supporters will listen as the finalists deliver short speeches inspired by the poem, “If,” by Rudyard Kipling. The contestants earned their places in the finals by winning oratorical competitions held in each of Maryland’s DJS facilities. The Court of Appeals is hosting the event, which is co-sponsored by DJS and the Maryland State Department of Education. Members of the media are invited to attend.

24th Annual Department of Juvenile Services and Maryland State Department of Education Oratorical Contest

Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Clayton Greene, Jr., presiding
Students from Maryland’s DJS facilities

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Maryland Court of Appeals, 361 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, Md. 21401

Watch a two-minute video that shows highlights from a past contest.

Members of the media planning to attend must get prior approval from the Maryland Judiciary’s Government Relations and Public Affairs Division by emailing

Photography and videography are allowed, but photographers must follow certain restrictions in accordance with DJS policies. Students can be interviewed, but their faces cannot be shown and they cannot be identified by name, address, or offense. The video, linked above, complies with these restrictions.

For clarification of these restrictions, please contact the DJS Public Information Officer:
Eric Solomon
Director of Communications
Maryland Department of Juvenile Services
410-230-3164 (office)
443-492-9781 (cell)