A time-honored Suffield Academy tradition continued with the annual Kent-Davis Oratory Competition on May 22. Eight seniors delivered speeches in two categories: the Emmett Kent Public Speaking Prize and the Charles G. Davis Oratory Prize. The Emmett Kent Public Speaking Prize is awarded to a student who demonstrates excellent oratory and speech writing skills. The Charles G. Davis Oratory Prize is awarded to a student who demonstrates excellent oratory skills with a keen awareness of the subject in relation to the audience.
This year's Kent contestants were Mia Rubenstein (Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts), Juana María Díez Londoño (Medellin, Colombia), Kennedy Morris (Stafford, Connecticut), and Brendan Mastella (Farmington, Connecticut).
This year’s Davis speakers were Johnny Beam (West Hartford, Connecticut), Hope Clark (Agawam, Massachusetts), Luna Kwon (Seoul, South Korea), and Morgan Geisinger (Vernon, Connecticut).
Kent-Davis faculty advisor Bill Sullivan said, “On behalf of Mr. Dugan and Ms. Lloyd, I want to convey our appreciation for these senior Kent-Davis speakers. During this busy spring trimester, these seniors all found the time and invested excellent effort to work on these speeches. Collectively, this dedicated group created a dynamic body of work that we will proudly install in Suffield Academy’s archives.”