There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured, such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking. - Jean de la Bruyere
At Chase, we understand that communication is the foundation for 21st century skills, and public speaking is one of the cornerstones. Our 7th and 8th grade students hone their public speaking skills by presenting two formal speeches, known as Declamations, to their entire class, parents, and guests. A signature event in the life of our Middle School, Declamations teach our students the value of critical thinking, research, and composition, while building oratorical skills that last a lifetime.
The Declamation process typically begins with nerves, but with the guidance and support from teachers and peers, it finishes with our students’ beaming confidence on presentation day. It remains one of the Middle School’s most defining moments.
The content of the speeches are always relevant and engaging, but equal focus is placed on the delivery of this information. Chase students become not only comfortable, but confident in speaking to large audiences through a wide variety of styles and methods. From speaking behind a podium, to presenting while moving throughout the stage and audience, our students become first-rate orators. As polished and self assured public speakers, our students are prepared for a path to leadership and success.