Following a longstanding KO tradition, the Robert Googins Speakers' Forum showcases sophomores' public speaking skills with an interpretive reading. For this event, all sophomores selected a piece of poetry or prose to read to their English classes in an engaging, often dramatic way in no more than five minutes. Students score their peers, and the students with the highest scores advance in the competition.
This April 20, the six finalists presented their readings to the entire student body. Dan Carroll ’19 served as the emcee.
Remy McKoy '19 emerged the top winner for reading Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper. The other winners included Maggie Eberle #2 (History is All you Left Me by Adam Silvera), Niko Rodriguez #3 (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie), Angelina Maselli #4 (The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold), and Lily Kuivila #5 (Animal Farm by George Orwell).
The Speakers’ Forum was renamed last year to honor Robert Googins who championed the Forensic Union at the school. A beloved teacher, Googins past away last year. Googins wife, Carol, attended the event.
Located in West Hartford, CT just steps from Blue Back Square, Kingswood Oxford is a private school inspiring co-ed day students in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum. Empowered students become clear confident communicators, resourceful problem-solvers, and ethical leaders. KO: where unlimited potential meets endless opportunities.