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Ten seventh and eighth grade finalists took to the stage in the Horn Theatre on Friday, May 17 to deliver their speeches in the culmination of the annual Oratory Program. As emcee Aden F. '24 explained, “In seventh grade, students are required to write a personal narrative about a significant moment in their lives. This remembrance could be one of deep realization, great joy or sadness, or simply a moment that stood out to the author for a personal reason. The piece is meant to be a snapshot, a freeze-frame of a moment in time, a picture painted by the author using vivid sensory details.” The five finalists delivered speeches with intriguing titles such as Hope at the End of the Tunnel, How I Became the Old People Matchmaker, and The One Who Didn’t Get Away.
Eighth grade students wrote and delivered either personal essays or chose to take a stand in persuasive pieces. “Some described experiences that gave them insight into themselves and their lives while others made persuasive arguments about topics they believe to be important,” explained emcee Sophia P. '23. The work of the five eighth grade speakers was judged to be a combination of written and spoken excellence. Among the titles of their talks were: Why Fit In When You Are Born to Stand Out?, Checkmate at the Checkout, and Get Off the Phone.
Congratulations to all the finalists and the emcees on flawless performances.