Eighth Grade Speaking Contest

Congratulations to Wyatt Reimer, the winner of the 116th Eighth Grade Speaking Contest.
Wyatt and five other finalists delivered their original speeches to their Middle School classmates and teachers, guests, and judges at Conway Hall this morning. 

116th Eighth Grade Speaking Contest was held on Friday, April 5, 2024. Wyatt Reimer earned first place for his speech, "Sports are Expensive: How Can You Help?"

Congratulations to all the finalists for the thoughtful, well-prepared speeches delivered with passion and confidence.

First Place: Wyatt Reimer
"Sports are Expensive: How Can You Help?"

Second Place: Hugo Posner
"Why Every Student Should Learn a Foreign Language"

Third Place: Connor Shank
"Car Dependency"

Finalists/ Honorable Mentions: 
Jakob Bilger
"The Ambition to Learn"

Luke Wilkinson
"What a Giant, Plastic Mess We've Made"
Ismael Masood
"Stop Running From Your Problems"
Thank you to our Speaking Contest judges who joined the time-honored US tradition of celebrating and practicing the art of public speaking:
Mr. Joseph P. Keithley ’67 is the former Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Keithley Instruments, Inc., a provider of advanced electrical instrumentation for the electronics industry. Joe is a longtime patron of the arts, receiving a 2023 Cleveland Arts Prize. He is a graduate of Cornell University and earned his MBA from the University of Michigan. 
Mr. Neil Waxman is a University School Trustee and parent to Drew ’06 and Peter ’10. Neil is Managing Director at Capital Advisors, Ltd., and has 40 years experience as a financial advisor. He is a graduate of PennWest Edinboro University.
Julian Berger ’24 was the 2020 second place finisher in the Eighth Grade Speaking Contest with his speech, "Why the Electoral College Should be Abolished." He is a current senior, head of the Pacific Islander Society, an accomplished guitarist in the jazz band, and a football player. Julian will attend Vanderbilt University, where he plans to major in economics and jazz studies. 
About the Eighth Grade Speaking Contest
Every year, each eighth-grade student prepares a speech on a topic of their choice and delivers it in his English class. Boys in each class vote to propel a classmate or two to the semifinals. Semifinalists deliver their speeches to a panel of faculty judges, who select the finalists. The entire Middle School community gathers for a special assembly where the finalists perform their speeches. The winner and runners-up are chosen by a small panel of judges from the US community and beyond.  

    • The Eighth Grade Speaking Contest Finalists with Head of School Mr. Gallagher and Middle School Director Mrs. Arnoult.

    • Wyatt Reimer '28.

    • Hugo Posner '28.

    • Connor Shank '28.

    • Jakob Bilger '28.

    • Luke Wilkinson '28.

    • Ismael Masood '28.

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