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Cambridge School of Dallas Selects Winners of 2014 Declamation Oratory Contest

The Cambridge School of Dallas recently selected the winners of the 2014 Annual Declamation Oratory Contest. The Upper School first place winner was junior Oliver Weir, reciting an excerpt from Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations." Second place was awarded to sophomore Ben Moner, who presented Mark Twain's speech "Advice to Youth." The third place winner was junior Becca Mighell, who recited Alfred Lord Tennyson's "The Lady of Shalott." The Middle School winner was Harrison Runnels, who presented an excerpt from the Old Testament Book of Job.

A part of the Faith and Culture series, this school-wide oratory contest offers an annual platform for students to communicate eloquently a deposit of wisdom from exemplary poets, orators, and writers. By reciting a memorized text before an audience, students learn the rhetorical power of honest and winsome speech.   

Initially, 3-5 minute recitations take place in literature classes for a major grade during the month of January. The best candidates then proceed on to a semi-final round, and, if selected, on to the final competition—divided between the Middle School and Upper School.

This year's Declamation winners were selected by a panel of distinguished judges. This year's judges were: Lauren Johnson, of L Johnson Consulting, a College Admissions Consultant and 2003 Cambridge School of Dallas graduate; Andrew Moran, Professor of English, University of Dallas; and, Kyle Queal, Director of Assessment, Responsive Education Solutions.

Saturday, 22 February 2014