The Oratory Competition
The annual oratory contest provides a forum for students to develop presentation skills, poise, self-confidence, and a positive competitive spirit. Participating students are required to memorize famous speeches of noted national and international leaders. In the process, they acquire knowledge of life changing benchmarks in the history of the nation and the world. They are also exposed to their rich oral tradition which resonates in the many speeches that are chosen for delivery. Each school is represented by the school winner and a runner -up. While performances are ranked, all participants receive trophies. Judges evaluate each contestant on memorization, delivery, gestures, facial expression, clarity, fluency, tempo, poise, eye contact, and volume.
On May 20, 2017 the Eleventh Annual ASI Oratory Competition was held at Public School 81, Brooklyn. Students representing thirteen elementary and seven middle schools participated. Our orators thrilled the audience of families, school staff (administrators & teachers) and elected officials.
On May 4, 2013, the seventh annual ASI Oratory Competition was held at Public School 56, Brooklyn. Students represented twenty-five elementary, middle and high schools in Central Brooklyn, New York. This year high school orators participated for the first time.