Fifth and Sixth Grade Orators Speak With Confidence

The students presenting in the annual Fifth and Sixth Grade Oratory clearly did not have a case of glossophobia, the fear of public speaking. The speakers, who took to the stage in the Ceres M. Horn Theatre on Friday, March 9 before an audience of their parents and peers, were calm, cool, and concise. Fifth grade emcees Joshua B. and Avery P. introduced the eight finalists from their grade. Each student, Isaac A., Aliza B., Derek C., Max F., Brooke G., Ashley I., Andy N., and Lucas P. memorized an oratory selection, which they delivered professionally, demonstrating their aptitude for projection, expression, and effectiveness.

After a brief intermission, Elliet W., the emcee for the sixth grade portion of the program, explained, “For the sixth grade oratory program, each student writes his or her own oratory, as seventh and eighth grade students do. Students compose personal essays about what they believe to be true, based on personal experience. Sometimes students come upon the truth as a result of tough lessons and sometimes these truths become evident through deeply satisfying experiences. However they come about, these truths inspire change.”

Sixth grade finalists Gabrielle B., Annika H., Eloise K., Paige P., and Matthew Y. covered a variety of meaningful topics with conviction and confidence. Congratulations to all the speakers.

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