The Class of 2022 spent Monday and Tuesday engaging in American’s #1 fear: public speaking. This week is “Junior Speech” Week, an annual culmination of students’ course preparation when they must organize their notes, their thoughts, and their confidence- and then deliver a speech.

Having selected a topic of interest to them in social studies, students prepare a written speech in English class and then present that speech to their audience of peers and faculty evaluators.

Although nerves and jitters are unwanted companions, the juniors have done a wonderful job tucking these two nuisances into their pockets. They presented on a wide range of issues (from the Vietnam War to the evolution of the Food Delivery Service to September 11, 2001) and have worked hard combining historical facts with charismatic delivery. The strength of their presentations are weighed on audibility, poise, eye contact, inflection as well as various other public speaking attributes.

Wowing a crowd is not easy. The most effective public speakers know that the delivery of a fine-tuned speech requires strong preparation and practice, practice, practice. Vulnerability is an unwanted sidekick to public speaking; no one enjoys feeling uncomfortable or reliant upon rehearsed memory for success.  However, learning to present and advocate professionally is a significant life skill applicable to any career.

Setting our Saints up for success is not only our desire but our mission. It’s the STA Way.

Congratulations, Juniors!  Saints Pride!

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