Excitement. Happiness. Anticipation.

Daniel Ryan

Daniel Ryan (right) wearing his local Augusta-Richmond County ACT-SO branch competition medal, standing with his speech coach, Ms. L. Johnson (left).

Daniel Ryan is a rising senior at the Academy of Richmond County in Augusta, Georgia. He was originally attracted to the ACT-SO program because he saw it as a great opportunity to network with important people and create connections that can help him in the future. He competed in the 2017 local Augusta-Richmond County ACT-SO branch competition in the Oratory category, where he received a gold medal for his speech, Black Lives Matter. Due to his accomplishments at the local competition, Daniel has advanced to compete at the national competition in Baltimore, Maryland this upcoming July!

Three Words to Describe Feelings About National Competition

Excitement, happiness and anticipation. Daniel feels excited, happy, and anticipative because participating in the national ACT-SO competition will be a brand new experience for him. He is doing something that, not only does he enjoy, but is sincerely passionate about. During the competition, Daniel is giving a speech that is near and dear to his heart and relevant to the current social issues we are fighting in today’s society. He is excited and quite anxious to arrive at the competition and see what great experiences this year has in store for him.

Nerves & Excitement

Since this is Daniel’s first year competing at nationals, he is nervous because he does not know exactly what to expect from the competition. He is looking forward to meeting and networking with new people to create a platform to help him with his future career. He also hopes to gain new knowledge and experiences from performing at this competition.


“Go forward with confidence and integrity.” – Daniel Ryan

We wish you the best of luck, Daniel, in the 2017 national competition!


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