Intermediate Speaking Competition: The Experience

The 22nd Annual St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) Intermediate Speaking Competition highlighted the hard work of 11 Grade 7 and 8 students who took the stage delivering meaningful, passionate, and entertaining speeches in front of all their classmates and a few family members in March.

Grade 8 students, Jake Lee, Roberto Saverino, and Matthew Kmecz were the three winners (first, second, and third place respectively) of this year’s competition.

St. Michael's College School 22nd Annual Intermediate Speaking Competition in 2020

St. Michael's College School's Core Intermediate Department has held a public speaking competition for Grades 7 and 8 students every academic year since 1998-99.

Here is what they had to say about their experience:

Jake Lee – 1st Place

“The experience of performing my speech in front of many students was very exciting. I was nervous, for sure, but as I presented my speech and shared with people my message, I gained confidence and ultimately presented it with joy.

“The most challenging part was memorization.  I kept on forgetting the same part over and over again. I was worried about making a mistake on the stage, but I solved my problem by trying to share my message with the audience instead of speaking off a memorized speech.

“It was an unforgettable memory and I am so thankful to teachers, my friends, and my parents for cheering and supporting me.”

Roberto Saverino – 2nd Place

“The challenge for me was memorizing and also coming up with actions and body language to complement what I was saying.

“The experience was very interesting and different from most of my school projects. It took a lot of time to prepare for this.

“I enjoyed the process of writing the speech because I enjoy writing and also appreciated seeing my parents who were there to support me.”

Winners of the 2020 SMCS Intermediate Speaking Competition

The winners of the 22nd Annual Intermediate Speaking Competition at St. Michael's College School.

Matthew Kmecz – 3rd Place

“The experience was nerve-wracking but very rewarding. It was challenging¬ to refine your speech. You had to keep practicing and practicing for it. It took a lot of dedication but it was a great experience and I'm happy I did it.

“I’d recommend people to try it and to step outside of their comfort zone, it's nerve-wracking but it's good to try new things.”

Check out some photos from the event on March 3, 2020:

Participants of the 2020 SMCS Intermediate Speaking Competition
St. Michael's College School 22nd Annual Intermediate Speaking Competition in 2020
St. Michael's College School 22nd Annual Intermediate Speaking Competition in 2020
St. Michael's College School 22nd Annual Intermediate Speaking Competition in 2020
St. Michael's College School 22nd Annual Intermediate Speaking Competition in 2020
St. Michael's College School 22nd Annual Intermediate Speaking Competition in 2020
St. Michael's College School 22nd Annual Intermediate Speaking Competition in 2020
St. Michael's College School 22nd Annual Intermediate Speaking Competition in 2020
St. Michael's College School 22nd Annual Intermediate Speaking Competition in 2020
St. Michael's College School 22nd Annual Intermediate Speaking Competition in 2020
St. Michael's College School 22nd Annual Intermediate Speaking Competition in 2020
St. Michael's College School 22nd Annual Intermediate Speaking Competition in 2020