The Eighth Grade Oratory Contest is a highlight of Geneva’s Logic School experience. This competition has become a tradition in which each student memorizes a piece from a selection of historic poems and speeches and delivers his prepared recitation in front of a panel of judges.
After six weeks of practicing and honing their speaking skills, all 59 eighth graders presented either a historical speech or poem in front of their peers, parents, faculty and judges during the preliminary round of Geneva’s Eighth Grade Oratory Contest. From this, the top 12 speakers advanced to the final round of competition which was held on Monday in Geneva’s Lyceum.
First place was awarded to Catherine Knox for her recitation of a portion of Elie Wiesel’s “Perils of Indifference” address in Washington, D.C. in 1999. Nicolas Siller earned second place for his delivery of Judge Learned Hand’s “Spirit of Liberty” address on “I Am an American Day” in 1944. Sophia Mixon placed third with her recitation of Condoleeza Rice’s address at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Other finalists were Kaitlyn Cates, Cassidy Egli, Garrett Fritcher, Julianna Goodman, Chloe Higgs, Gwyneth Lewellyn, Bailey Lyons, Grant Mowery and Presley Pruitt.
“Learning to speak and present in front of others can be a daunting task. We are so proud of the hard work and excellent presentations of each and every one of our students,” Geneva Logic School humanities teacher Mary Clifford said.