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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.
Jasmin Morse, Veritas Editor-in-Chief and Web Editor
Eight RHS seniors presented in last night’s annual Spellman Oratorical Contest competing for the $4,000 in prize money. This annual event was hosted by the English Department Director, Caroll Cahill and was held in the RMS/RHS Lecture Hall.
The theme of last night’s competition was The Art of Darkness: Evil, Pain and Enlightenment. The speech contest begins with a written essay in senior AP Literature and Composition class led by Chris Neal. The assignment’s objective is for students to use past and present literature and art to develop their thesis.
Each of Neal’s 18 students were required to submit a 500-1,000 word essay pertaining to the theme. From there, eight students were selected to participate in the oratorical portion of the contest. Here, three outside judges, Karen Bonn, Amelia Füss, and Laura Whittaker, evaluated the speeches for content, delivery, poise and diction.
In the end, the results were as follows: First place: Aiden Glennon, $1200; Second place, Erin Field $1000; third place, Sean Sugrue, $700; fourth place, Sean Fitzgerald, $500; fifth place, Stephanie Blaney $300; Kellie Berry, Brianna Ferraro and Saoirse McNally placed 6th, 7th and 8th, each winning $100.
Here is a link to the video of last night’s competition.
Below is the video of the Spellman Oratorical Contest. Eight seniors competed for $4,000 in scholarship money donated annually from the trust of Ellen Conway Spellman for high school seniors. This year Aiden Glennon came in first with Erin Field placing second. Also competing were Brianna Ferraro, Kellie Berry, Sean Fitzgerald, Sean Sugrue, Soirse McNally and Stephanie Blaney.
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.”
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 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.
The annual Spellman Oratorical Contest will be held on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the RHS/RMS Lecture Hall. Eight seniors will be competing for $4,000 in scholarship money. The seniors will present original speeches commenting on this year’s topic: “Nonconformity, Society and the Human Condition.”
In order to participate in the contest, RHS seniors submit a written essay on the specified topic and the top eight are then chosen to compete in the oratorical portion of the contest. Judging will be based on delivery, content, diction, and poise.
The contest is open to the public and admission is free.
The Spellman Oratorical is traditionally held during the same week as the Rockland Public Schools’ annual Arts Festival. The Arts Festival is on Thursday, April 14 this year in the high school gymnasium. The gym will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and artwork from all grade levels in the Rockland Public Schools will be on display.
Also, the Consumer Science, Tech Ed and Robotics classes will have their creations on display. Photos from last year’s Arts Festival can be seen here.
“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!