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From an early age, 10-year-old Dalton has been passionate about one thing—talking! "If I pick him up from school, Dalton will talk all the way home. I say, 'Man, just give Daddy a break,'" says Carlos, Dalton's dad. "He just loves to talk."

Dalton's fourth-grade teacher, Ms. Redmond, sensed his passion, as well. In fact, she entered him in a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. oratorical contest, where he won a $1,000 prize. "I love that [talking] inspires people," Dalton says.

After winning the contest, Dalton was invited to speak at events all over Dallas. He was even asked to address more than 17,000 teachers and administrators of the Dallas Independent School District. "I was very nervous, [but] you couldn't tell," he says. "I was shaking a lot." Dalton didn't let his nerves get the best of him."He gets up there and he just knocks it down," Carlos says.

Dalton says one day he'd like to become a news reporter—a passion Oprah knows a lot about. "I was a speaker, did you know that?" Oprah asks him. "I was doing this when I was 3, 5 and 7, and I wanted to be a news reporter. Good luck. I think you're on the way."
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FROM: Oprah's Search for the World's Smartest and Most Talented Kids
Published on November 17, 2008

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