2022 OTU Senior Oratory Finals Competitiondeveloper
Part two of the School’s official Oratory competition: the 78th OTU Oratory Finals, was held for Senior speakers in Years 11-12 on Wednesday, 24 September.
The number of entrants was surprisingly a record low, with Liam Wingrave (11Ar) and William Taplin (11WH) – two excellent speakers vying for the title of the Senior Orator for 2023. Liam spoke philosophically about his interpretation of the topic “Pride, pomp and circumstance”, while William spoke thematically about dictatorships from literature, with Macbeth and real life in North Korea. Again, Dr Christopher Richardson (’00) adjudicated and was really impressed by the high standard of both speakers who presented differing speeches in terms of content, context and specific detail, but met the expectations of fine oratory with delivery, presentation and speaking skills. The winner of the OTU Senior Oratory Final was William Taplin, and he will receive a prize at Speech Day in late Term 4. Congratulation to both, William and Liam for their fine effort in this competition: they certainly impressed the audience and staff.
Again, another call for students interested in Oratory: please contact Mr. McGrath (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details. Term 4 will see another competition held, this time a prepared speech competition concentrating on the topic area of The Arts.
Justin McGrath | Oratory Co-ordinator