Juniors Stand Up to Glossophobia

This week is “Junior Speech” Week!

The Class of 2023 spent Monday and Tuesday of this week engaging in American’s #1 fear: public speaking (aka glossophobia) . "Junior Speeches" are an annual cross-curriculum project between Social Studies and English classes.

They are also... a rite of passage.

Once students select a topic of interest in their social studies classes, they prepare a written speech in English class and then present said speech to their audience of peers and faculty evaluators.

Although nerves and jitters are always unwanted companions, the juniors did a wonderful job tucking these two nuisances into their backpacks. They presented on a wide range of issues (from the Vietnam War to Workers’ Rights to the spread of viral contagions) and worked hard on highlighting historical facts with charismatic delivery. The strength of their presentations are weighed on audibility, poise, eye contact, inflection as well as various other speaking attributes.

Butterflies and shaky knees notwithstanding, the students did a wonderful job standing up to glossophobia and once again projecting Saints Pride for all the world to hear!