The Grammar Speech Meet is an annual event in which students in first through fifth grades choose either a piece of scripture or poetry from a selection and present it in competition. Students memorize their selected piece and present in preliminary rounds to ultimately try to advance to the finals.
Fifteen students in each category (scripture and poetry) advance to the Speech Meet Finals and present in front of a panel of judges and the entire Grammar School. Students are awarded either a first, second or third place medal for their efforts.
Geneva places a high value on memorizing and reciting pieces to present in front of an audience at an early age.
“We know that students benefit from giving oral presentations and this is a wonderful way for students to hone these skills while engaging in healthy competition. Grammar School lays the foundation for oral skills so that students can continue in Logic and Rhetoric,” Grammar School Executive Assistant Beverly Johnson said.
This year, more than 200 students competed in this voluntary competition and 30 advanced to the finals. All students who participated earned a free homework pass for their hard work and dedication.