For the past three weeks The Wheatley School has participated in the Theodore Roosevelt Public Speaking Contest held in Oyster Bay. Approximately 40 high school students from 15 of Long Island’s top high schools were invited to participate in the annual competition. Three Wheatley students make it to the semi-final round, juniors Courtney Schwartz and Jade Marcus and freshman Lianna Golden.
The public speaking competition challenges students to research, develop and present original five-minute speeches on TR’s life and legacy. Wheatley students gave speeches on Quentin Roosevelt’s tragic death as an aviator in WWI, Roosevelt’s famous dinner with African-American Leader Booker T. Washington and the creation of the Teddy Bear. The Contest builds on students’ public speaking, critical thinking and independent research skills, thereby enhancing their academic potential and scholarship, confidence, self-reliance, and leadership abilities.
Lianna Golden was the only freshman in all of Long Island to qualify for the final round held in Oyster Bay on Thursday, 29 May. Although she cam up a little short in the final round (finishing in 4th place), Lianna impressed all present with her poise, delivery and research.
Congratulations to all of the students. Thanks to Dr. Staudt for guiding the students through the competition and for providing this write up. Thank you as well to Mrs. Golden for the photos at the finals!