The Oratorical Event
In 1925 the Boys School held a contest. Students were invited to compete to see which one could deliver the best speech. This event was held again the next year, and the next, and for many years following. Eventually the competition aspect was dropped and the event expanded to include students from the Girls School. Since then, the Oratorical Event has become one of our favorite annual events at ANC.
Each year, ten ANC students—five boys and five girls—are chosen to deliver speeches to the school and community. English teachers mentor the students as they select topics, write speeches, and work on delivery. The speeches range in topic and tone. Connor delivered a sardonic description of his own sophomoric genius. Bronwyn gave a poignant explanation of what it is like to have a brother with autism. Andy discussed his life goals and his daily journey to accomplish them. Bryonna spoke about the time she auditioned for a ballet company.
Hosted by the English Department, the Oratorical Event is one of our signature academic events at ANC. Whatever the topic, the Oratorical Event allows students to stand in the spotlight and speak from the heart.