Speakers' Forum Finalists Deliver Compelling Performances

The Robert Googins Speakers' Forum is a long-standing KO tradition that showcases sophomores' public speaking skills with an interpretive reading. In their English classes, students selected a piece of poetry or prose in an engaging, dramatic, or funny manner with a five-minute time limit. Students score their peers, and the students with the highest scores advance in the competition.

This April 20, the five finalists presented their readings to a captivated student body audience in an auditorium where you could have heard a pin drop. Elan Stadelmann '20 served as the emcee and kept the crowd entertained in between the readings and the vote tallying.

Olivia Pear ‘21 was the top winner for reading My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman. The other winners included Emma Henry #2 (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie), Izzy Berkemeyer #3 (The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas), Chris Morris #4 (The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas), and Tori Swanson #5 (If I Stay by Gayle Forman).

Semi-finalists included Lily Brezenoff ‘21, Sydney Dwyer ‘21, Braeden Flowers ‘21, Isabella Herz ‘21, Isabel Jacobson ‘21, Jaden Paldino ‘21, Ethan Raisner ‘21, Isabelle Rome ‘21, Sydney Smith ‘21, Brieanna Toedt ‘21, Jaden Weinstein ‘21. Sadie Margolis ‘21, a semifinalist who qualified for finals, had a conflict with the all-state choir rehearsal the day of the performance and was not present.

The Speakers’ Forum was renamed to honor Robert Googins, a beloved teacher who passed away two years ago. Googins was instrumental in bringing Forensic Union to the school.
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