NASELLE - Elocution is a word that means essentially, "effective public speaking," and last Friday evening, 27 finalists from first through ninth grades did just that. These students memorized poems and recited them before an audience of mesmerized parents and community members.
The presentations were judged in five areas of public speaking: Confidence in front of an audience; ability to be heard; correct pronunciation; remembering all of the poem without prompting, and good expression and delivery.
All of the contestants did a fabulous job with poems that ranged from several lines from the younger students to long and complicated poems such as "Casey at the Bat" and "The Raven." Preliminary rounds were held in each classroom where all students were given a chance to show off their talents.
One of the judges at the finals, Mindi Reitz, summed up the thoughts and feeling of many in the audience when she said, "All the kids were so amazing, the courage it took for them to get up there makes them all winners, and I hope they feel that way!"