Spellman Oratorical Results

Spellman contestants from left back row: Tyler Beatrice, Jacob Nunn, Fran Oliveira, Katie Houde, and Emmy Kelley. Front from left: Marissa Smith, Justin Sherlock and Caitlin Cameron. photo courtesy of Ms. Walsh.

Jasmin Morse, Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor


As part of Rockland tradition, last night on Wed., April 24 the RHS English Department had their annual Spellman Oratorical Contest. The contest is open to all seniors in the graduating class who may enter an essay/speech based on a stated prompt. Eight students are then chosen from the essay and speech entries to compete for $4,000 in scholarship money. The contestants are judged based on content, delivery, diction and poise. The prize money is made available from a trust established by the late Francis Cardinal Spellman of Whitman in memory of his mother, Ellen Conway Spellman, who resided in Rockland.

This year’s topic was Art as an Agent of Change.  In the end Katie Houde took first place winning herself a total of $1,200. RHS English Dept. Head, Carol Cahill noted, that it was a “great night” and all the students “did a wonderful job.”

Below are the students and their awards:

1st Place: Katie Houde, $1,200

2nd Place: Emmy Kelley, $1,000

3rd Place: Francisco Oliveira, $700

4th Place: Marissa Smith, $500

5th Place: Justin Sherlock, $300

6th, 7th and 8th Places: Tyler Beatrice, $100, Caitlin Cameron, $100

and Jacob Nunn, $100

Judging the contest were: Karen Bonn, Sue Doherty, Steve Waisgerber, and Laura Whitaker.  Bonn and Waisgerber are RHS graduates.

Congratulations to all the contestants.

Posted on April 25, 2019, in Clubs / Activities, Features, News. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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