NEW ORLEANS —The New Orleans Public Library honored four local teens who placed highly in the 2013 Paul Robeson Acting Competition.

To enter the competition, students were instructed to write an original monologue pertaining to an individual from African-American history.

Immanuel Simon of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts won first place for his portrayal of President Barack Obama.

Second place was taken by Thaddeus Rhodes of Cohen College Prep for his portrayal of a Pullman porter.

Ursuline sophomore Kamri Sylve received third for her monologue and portrayal of media mogul Oprah Winfrey.

Finally, an honorable mention went to Brione Harris of Eleanor McMain Secondary School, who potrayed civil-rights heroine Rosa Parks.

This is the 13th year for the competition, which is held in honor of actor, athlete, concert singer, writer and civil-rights activist Paul Robeson.