Published : Wednesday, April 25, 2018 | 1:11 PM
Polytechnic School’s annual eighth grade speech contest wrapped up this past Friday. Several weeks ago, all 76 eighth-graders were asked to select a topic to research and then deliver a persuasive speech from memory while citing statistics and sources. The entire cohort first delivered their talks to audiences of peers and three teachers; 20 semi-finalists then addressed a panel of faculty and staff judges.
Six finalists spoke eloquently and passionately in front of a panel of invited judges and the entire Middle School about their chosen topics, which included fair trade, establishing a student representative on Poly’s Board of Trustees, the Myanmar refugee crisis, a ban on assault weapons, a widespread ban on single-use plastic bags, and eliminating the wage gap. After the judges deliberated, Dr. Robert Farrar announced the winner.
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