Sophomores Deliver Compelling Speeches

After months of polishing their speeches and perfecting their delivery, five sophomores competed in the 38th Annual Sophomore Oratory Finals. Master of Ceremonies Mimi G. hosted the competition of compelling speeches, on the morning of Friday, January 12 in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre. Narrowed down from a field of 18 semifinalists, the five finalists addressed the following topics:

  • Laya N. - Gun Control
  • Grace R. - Our Broken Prison System
  • Ethan B. - Cyberbullying
  • Surya K. - Post-Racial Effects of 9/11
  • Ashton H. - Perfectionism and Stress
  • The winner and runner-up of the Oratory Finals will be announced at an assembly on January 17. This year’s judges were history teachers Daryl Burch and Jeff Sanborn and the 2017 Oratory winner Anaiya D. '19.

    The Sophomore Oratory Program is the culmination of weeks of work by the tenth graders. They select and research a topic that is important to them and spend many hours crafting a six-minute persuasive speech. The students deliver their speeches publicly for the first time during their English classes, and their peers select one orator from each class to advance to the semifinals. During the semifinal round, judges evaluate the classroom winners based on the quality of their arguments and the style of their delivery. The five finalists and the Master of Ceremonies are chosen from this group.

    Pictured (left to right) Ethan B., Ashton H., Surya K., Laya N., and Grace R.

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