5 Fast Facts: Intermediate Speaking Competition

A dozen Grade 7 and 8 students at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) are busy rehearsing their speeches and preparing for the 22nd Annual Speaking Competition taking place on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

“The power of effective speech is something that provides great opportunity for students today and in the future,” says Matthew Pagano ’92, Core Intermediate Department Head and teacher at SMCS.

SMCS student competing in the annual Grade 7/8 Speaking Competition.


Since the 1998-99 academic year, the annual speaking competition has been a staple for the intermediate grades at SMCS.

“Our goal is to make sure our students are comfortable and confident with all forms of communications by the time they finish Grade 8,” says Pagano.

Here are five fast facts about the competition: 

  1. At the end of the unit, representatives are chosen from each class to present their efforts in the theatre for the entire intermediate student body
  2. Twelve students and six faculty are involved in the competition
  3. Each year, a champion is crowned and some of past champions have gone on to careers where they've had the opportunity to continue showcasing their oratory skills
  4. This year, Grade 8s will be focusing their attention on ethical public speaking and sharing an important message
  5. Students were given the opportunity to record and produce a video of themselves ranting or raving about a topic that will be shown to the audience this year during the competition’s intermission

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