Seniors Compete At Spellman Oratorical

Seniors await judges' decision after their speeches at the Spellman Oratorical Contest on Tuesday, April 12.  Front row l to r: Mark Ewell, Haley Macray, Meghan Foster, Leah DeCecco and Ashley Pezzella. Back l to r: Brad Gasdia, Celia Rosa and Bella Rindone.  Veritas Photo.

Seniors await judges’ decision after their speeches at the Spellman Oratorical Contest on Tuesday, April 12. Front row l to r: Mark Ewell, Haley Macray, Meghan Foster, Leah DeCecco and Ashley Pezzella. Back l to r: Brad Gasdia, Celia Rosa and Bella Rindone. Veritas Photo.

Adiza Alasa, Veritas Staff

The annual Spellman Oratorical Contest occurred on Tuesday, April 12 at Rockland High School. This contest was created in memory of the late Ellen Conway Spellman of Whitman.

This year’s topic was “Nonconformity, Society, and the Human Condition” as seen in art or literature. The essays written by all seniors were narrowed down by AP English teacher, Mr. Neal, to the top eight contestants. The winners were chosen by three impartial judges, Laura Whittaker, Kevin Whitaker, and Bill Cunningham. Contestants were judged based on content, delivery, diction, and poise.

Ashley Pezzella was awarded first place at the Spellman Oratorical Contest on Tuesday night.  WRPS photo.

Ashley Pezzella was awarded first place at the Spellman Oratorical Contest on Tuesday night. WRPS photo.

Ashley Pezzella won first place with a prize of $1200 in college scholarship money. Mark Ewell took second place and the $1000 scholarship. Leah DeCecco came in third place and received a $700 scholarship. In fourth place was Bella Rindone who received a $500 scholarship. Brad Gasdia came in fifth place and received a $300 scholarship. Meghan Foster, Haley Macray and Celia Rosa tied for 6th place and each received $100 scholarships.

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