Bobby Gasdia named this year’s Spellman Oratorical Champion
Lexie Carchedi, Veritas Staff
On Tuesday, April 15, eight seniors competed in the Spellman Oratorical competition. Bobby Gasdia came in first place, winning the $1200 in scholarship prize money. The other contestants placed in the following order from second place to eighth: Jon Soo Hoo, Jackie Carlson, Josh Lutts, Olivia Olsen, Devin Gilmore, Brittni Lambiase, and Jace Williams.
The theme this year was The Darker Side of Human Nature: Students were assigned to write about how authors through the ages have had a fascination with the darker side of human nature. They had to 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 annual Spellman Oratorical is open to all seniors. After submitting an essay on the specified topic, the top eight 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.