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Kent-Davis Speech Competition

5/22/2012
The Kent-Davis Speaking Competition took place over the course of the last two periods of Monday chapel. Several members of the senior class delivered speeches, competing for one of two prizes: the Emmett Kent Public Speaking Prize awarded to the student who demonstrates excellent oratory and speech writing skills, and the Charles G. Davis Oratory Prize awarded to the student who demonstrates excellent oratory skills and a keen awareness of the subject in relation to the audience. The winners will be announced at Commencement on Friday, May 25.

Since 1877 Suffield Academy has recognized those students who excel in public speaking. Traditionally a contest for graduating seniors, the Kent-Davis competition presents a daunting challenge. Participating students must select a piece of writing or create an original piece to be presented to an audience of 500 people. Each student works through an editing process, paring the speeches down to what they believe is the essential message, which must be delivered in three minutes. An entirely voluntary venture, Kent-Davis provides seniors with an opportunity to share important experiences and parting thoughts as they leave the Suffield community.

Participants:

Katherine Battle - "If I Should Have a Daughter" by Sarah Kay

Chris Sonberg
- "What Do You Live For?"

Lohen Parchment - from "Social Skills" by Ellen DeGeneres

Kim Nault - from "Shake the Dust" by Anis Mojgan

Alex Porter - from "The Laramie Project" by Moises Kaufman

Taylor Jett - "Deeper Than a Layer"

Zachary Czikowsky - from The Shining by Stephen King

Grace Vianney - from "The Rules of Improvisation" by Tina Fey

Molly Port -"Missing Pieces"

Will Sartorius - "From Fragile to Strong with Four Men in Between"

Dominic Fiallo - "You Decide"

Ciara Beaulieu - "And She'll Fly"

Izzy McDonald - from "Advice, Like Youth, is Probably Just Wasted on the Young" by Mary Schmich

Annie Pitkin - from "Citizenship in a Republic: The Man in the Arena" by Theodore Roosevelt

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