Oratorical contestants will look at The Darker Side of Human Nature
The annual RHS Spellman Oratorical contest will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the RHS Lecture Hall. All are welcome to attend. The contest is sponsored by the RHS English Department and coordinated by Ms. Amanda McDonough and Ms. Carol Cahill.
This year’s topic:
The Darker Side of Human Nature: Authors through the ages have had a fascination with the darker side of human nature. Explain how writers illustrate man’s innate evil in a variety of literary and artistic pieces and discuss what conclusions they draw about human nature through their explorations.
The Spellman Oratorical is open to all seniors. After submitting an essay on the specified topic, contestants are then chosen to compete in the oratorical portion of the contest which is held during the same week as the Rockland Public Schools’ annual Arts Festival.
This year eight contestants will compete for prize money that is provided from a trust established by the late Francis Cardinal Spellman of Whitman in memory of his mother, Ellen Conway Spellman. The following qualities are used as a basis for judging: delivery, content, diction, and poise.
Suggested Awards this year will be—First – $1200, Second – $800, Third – $600, Fourth – $400, Fifth- $200, 6th, 7th, 8th – $100 each, for a total of $3500. Prize money may adjusted at the judges’ discretion.
The contestants this year are: Jackie Carlson, Bobby Gasdia, Devin Gilmore, Brittni Lambiase, Josh Lutts, Olivia Olsen, Jon Soo Hoo, Jace Williams.
Last year Amy Warner was the winner in a very competitive field of eight contestants. She was awarded $1100 as the first place winner out of a total of $2750 provided by the Spellman trust. Click here to see the details of last year’s contest.
This year’s contestants are sure to provide articulate and original speeches on this provocative topic.