Orators Deliver Compelling Arguments

During the Sophomore Oratory Contest on April 5, five finalist (Anika B., Kevin K., Pj M., Ellie S., and Jaimie Y.) delivered compelling speeches on topics ranging from feminism and diversity to the legalization of cannabis and the effects of brain injuries. The Master of Ceremonies was Scott W.

The winner and runner up will be announced at an upcoming assembly. This year's judges are Upper School history teachers Daryl Burch and Joanne Cho and 2015 Oratory winner Makayla L. '17.

The Sophomore Oratory Program is a highlight of spring term. Tenth graders select and research a controversial topic and then spend weeks developing a six-minute persuasive speech. The students deliver their oratories during English class, and classmates select one orator to advance to the semifinals. During the semifinal round, judges evaluate the classroom winners on the quality of their arguments and delivery. The five finalists and master of ceremonies are chosen from that group.

The 2016 semifinalists included: Anika B., Sarah B., Sophie G., Hanna H., Kevin K., Pj M., Jesus R., Ellie S., Katherine S., Zachary W., Scott W., and Jamie Y.

The semifinal judges were Upper School science teacher Javier Bastos, Upper School history teacher Ane Lintvedt, and 2015 runner up Walker P. '17.

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