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All students, grades 6-12, are required to prepare and deliver an oral presentation each year as described below.

  • "Declamations" are traditionally presented during the third quarter (between winter and spring holidays).
  • Grades 6 and 7 will present a 2 - 4 minute oral interpretation (with use of text allowed). Oral interpretation is a selection of prose or poetry, but may not include material from plays. Students are encouraged to select material with more than one character in dialogue.
  • Grades 8 and 9 will present a 2 - 4 minute speech written by someone else and delivered in a public forum (one 3" x 5" note card allowed). Topics and sources will be suggested to students in grades 6-9.
  • Grades 10 - 12 will present a 3 - 4 minute speech that they will have written themselves. The speech must be 75% original, allowing only 25% quotes (one 3" x 5" note card allowed).
  • The winners (one from each grade) will be selected by a panel of judges
  • Winners present in front of the entire student body in a Declamations Exhibition assembly

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