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Northfield Mt. Hermon School Public Speaking Competition

On Sunday, April 24, 2022, 4 members of the St. Sebastian's Debate Team participated in the Northfield Mt. Hermon School Public Speaking Competition.

Competitors were required to participate in three categories of public speaking: Interpretive Reading, Persuasive or After Dinner Speaking, and Impromptu Speaking. Our Team consisted of Jack Flynn '22, Matt Choumenkovitch '23, Eddie Ryan '23, and Ben Goffredo '24.

Congratulations to Jack Flynn who won 2nd Place in the After-Dinner Speaking Competition. In this event, speakers deliver a 5–7 minute original, humorous address to a group with a common interest at a formal dinner. The intent of the speech is to entertain as well as to inform.

Speakers are judged on the following criteria: thoughtful, logical organization of the speech, quality of information, quality of entertainment, appeal to the audience, and delivery including eye contact, voice quality and self-assurance.


38 Advanced Debaters from 12 Independent Schools competed in the Tournament:

Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School
Choate Rosemary Hall
Deerfield Academy 
Governor's Academy
Hotchkiss School
Kingswood Oxford School
Loomis Chaffee School
Northfield Mount Hermon School
Stoneleigh Burnham School
St. Paul's School
St. Sebastian's School
Roxbury Latin School