Written by William Tronsen
This years’ speech contest was hosted by Seisen and was not an easy win. Unfortunately, St. Mary’s lost to ASIJ by a few points. Although St. Mary’s ended up second place this year, it didn’t change the fact that there were many who won all-star and gold awards.
The St. Mary’s multiple reading category won the all star award. Gregory Nagamine, Shion Inoue, Leon Inoue, David Mataitoga, Cian Brett, and Saransh Mehta performed a skit about what it means to be a “real man”. David explains, “The skit was about the modern definition of man and how it evades most of us. We don’t know what the modern definition of a man is. We attempt to define that and we successfully define it.”
This being his second year on the team, Stefano A’de Lima won a gold award in the humorous category this year. His speech was about how tall people face discrimination, better known as “tallism”. As Stefano is the tallest in his grade, he wanted to share how it felt. An example that he mentioned during his speech was “When you meet a short guy… you don’t say, ‘Wow you’re really short!’ but I always get the ‘Wow you’re really tall!’” He ties in all of these examples to persuade the audience that tall people do suffer from continuous discrimination. All in all, he concludes “the speech itself was a success.” Stefano plans on joining the speech team next year in hopes of winning the speech contest next year.
Daniel Musashi, a sophomore who has been in the speech team for two years, won a gold award in the poetry category. His speech consisted of comical poems about numbers and word play. He thinks that his speech went pretty smoothly, and the fact that everyone was supportive of each other contributed to his gold award. Daniel plans on continuing the speech team next year in hopes of winning the all star award.
Ekamjot Bedi, a junior who has been in the speech team for two years, also won a gold award, in the dramatic interpretation category. His speech was an extract from William Shakespeare’s play, “Julius Caesar.” It was about Julius Caesar’s right hand man trying to prove that his killings were not justified. Ekamjot joined the speech team because he wanted to move people with his words. Next year is his last year at St. Mary’s so he hopes that next year he can get an all star award. (Picture)
Wilson Zhang, a senior who has been in the speech team for three years, won an all star award in the extemporaneous category this year. Wilson’s speech was regarding whether Aung San Suu Kyi would make democratic changes for Myanmar or not.Wilson’s key to success as a three year veteran, is “Just practice.” He felt that if the whole team put more effort into practices, St. Mary’s could’ve won. Even though St. Mary’s got 2nd place, Wilson says “ The speech contest was fun but nerve racking. I hope people will join the speech team next year because speech is a unique opportunity to talk in front of many people with a chance of winning awards.”
Since he will be graduating this year he wants to leave a message to everyone.
“You have to challenge yourself and get out of your comfort zone and keep practicing because speech is like sports and with that you can be successful in speech.”
Wilson hopes that next year the speech team will be stronger than ever and win back the title as the first place team again.
The Speech Contest was overall a great success. Wilson believes that this loss will make St. Mary’s stronger than ever, and give the motivation to make a come back next year. We wish them the best of luck in their endeavors.