2017 Spellman Oratorical a Success Without Question
Sean Vo, Veritas Co-Editor-in-Chief
The annual Spellman Oratorical was held in the lecture hall on Wednesday, April 5 . At its roots this is a speech competition open to only seniors, where they were required to write a 500 to 1000 word speech, with the prompt changing each year.
This year’s prompt was all about the question, not the answer. Students had to explain how a variety of works of art were created in order to provide the audience with a better understanding of how to successfully question themselves and the world.
Students who were interested presented their speech to English teacher Christopher Neal. After about twenty students presented t him, he narrowed it down to eight finalists to present their speech in the official event. Those who spoke Wednesday night were , Michael Belmonte, Emily Delaney, Jurnee Dunn, Luana Lima, Jessica Lutts, Sophie McLellan, Evan Murphy, and Lauren Zaremba.
The prize, besides bragging rights, involved money: first place would get $1000, second place $700, third place $500, fourth place $300, fifth place $200, and sixth, seventh, and eighth place would receive $100 each; no one would leave empty handed. The awards’ total was $3000. Prize money was awarded from a trust established by the late Francis Cardinal Spellman of Whitman in memory of his mother, Ellen Conway Spellman.
The panel of judges included Laura Whitaker, Karen Bonn, Peter Woodward. Whitaker is a grade 7 ELA teacher in Stoughton where she has worked since 2003. She received her Master of Arts in Teaching English from Bridgewater State University.Bonn is a former RHS Bulldog. During her time at RHS she was active in drama, chorus and the debate team. Following high school, she attended Dartmouth College and Suffolk University Law School. She is proficient in American Sign Language and French. Woodward is the former RHS English Dept. Head. Following his retirement from RHS, Peter went on to teach in China for three years and he continues to teach English part time at Hanover High School.
First place went to Murphy, second place went to Dunn, third place went to Lutts, fourth place went to McLellan; fifth place went to Delaney, and the final three places, in no particular order, went to Belmonte, Lima, and Zaremba.
Regardless of place, each student presented excellently. Congratulations to those who did speak; it will redefine beneficial inquiries for the years to come. As English teacher Carol Cahill said to everyone, “You are all winners in my book.”