On Thursday, April 13, seniors Isabel Macenka '17, Genevieve Brusie '17, Alexandra Farina '17, Susanna Monroe '17, Helen Sayegh '17 and Elizabeth Kim '17 took to the stage of the Goel Theater to compete in the 104th Annual Hemenway Prize for Speaking Competition. Judges chose the six finalists, with input from all Class VIII students, after hearing every member of the senior class deliver her own written "speech of substance".
Head of School Sarah Pelmas introduced the finalists to the audience of students, faculty, staff and Upper School parents on campus for Visiting Day, proclaiming, "their speeches left me feeling pretty confident that these seniors are ready to graduate, ready to take on the world, and are likely to keep their wits about them while they do it."
The judges for this year's esteemed competition are Winsor alumna Sarah Leggat '75, English Faculty David Griffin, and History Faculty Kate Grant. The speeches will be judged based on substance, organization, style, presentation and clarity, and the winner will be presented with the Hemenway Prize for Speaking at commencement.
Harriet Hemenway, an original incorporator of the school, established this prize in 1913 to recognize the importance of public speaking. It is a great Winsor tradition anticipated by seniors and long remembered by alumnae.