Speech Night 2012


Speech Night 2012 consisted of speeches written by students in response to one of the short stories, essays or novels that were part of this year’s curriculum. Works studied this year include works by such authors as George Orwell, E.B. White, Katherine Mansfield, Willa Cather, Stephen Crane, Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Bret Harte, Sherwood Anderson, Jack London, Anton Chekhov, Leo Tolstoy, Alexander Pushkin, Guy de Maupassant, Anthony Trollope, Jane Austen and Jean Aicard. The Speech NIght 2012 program, then, included dramatic monologues of fictional characters as well as speeches that follow the format of a narrative, persuasive, musings, or expository essay. Although these recordings were made after Speech Night, note that all of the speeches were given in front of a large audience  and from memory without any prompt.

Albert Manginelli, Backyard Battleground

Gianni Manginelli, A Trip to Panama

Ellis Sargeant, Once Upon a Time

Samuel Walter, Lollipops

Jonam Walter, Greenwood Farm, Part II


When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language.

—James Earl Jone

Speech Night 2012