Students Compete in Spellman Oratorical
“Most have been forgotten. Most deserve to be forgotten. The heroes will always be remembered. The best. The best and the worst. And a few who were a bit of both.” – George R. R. Martin, Writer
The annual Rockland High School Spellman Oratorical Contest was held on Tuesday, April 14 in the lecture hall. Eight students wrote and presented orations based on the theme Heroes Remembered: Heroism’s Portrayal in Art and Literature.
All seniors were eligible to enter the contest by writing an essay on the following prompt:
“While the understanding of what makes one heroic may differ from individual to individual, humankind’s fascination with heroism continues to be displayed in many of the most popular forms of media today. For while we may readily acknowledge our own cowardice, we cheer for those who dare tackle life’s greatest evils. Explore how heroism has been portrayed in literature and art and suggest why these heroes deserve to be remembered.”
After essays were submitted, the authors of the eight best were chosen to participate in the event.
The eight seniors competed for $4000 in prize money. Prize money was awarded from a trust established by the late Francis Cardinal Spellman of Whitman in memory of his mother, Ellen Conway Spellman.
There are three judges who base their choices on delivery, content, diction, and poise.
English Department Chairperson, Carol Cahill said that all of this year’s speeches were “articulate, original, and provocative.”
Winners of the contest were Danielle Hill who took first place honors and $1200; Pearse McNally who came in second, winning $1000; third place went to Alexandra Pigeon who won $700; Emma McGarry came in fourth winning $500; Iman Bendarkawi was fifth and won $300; and Katie Delorey, Alyssa Collins, and Ella Egles placed 6th, 7th and 8th, each winning $100. Congratulations to these students!