Wallace Fry Speech Competition Recap 

An annual Missouri Military Academy competition to hone and highlight cadets' oratory skills, the Wallace Fry Speech Competition was held on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 in the Centennial Gymtorium (click to watch video). Cadets are judged by a panel of MMA instructors, and a winner is selected based on their delivery and demonstration of rhetorical devices learned during English Language Arts lessons. 

This year, participating contestants and their speeches – who were selected via peer assessment and teacher recommendation – included:  

Charles Davidson, “Why you Should Quit Smoking”  

Joshua Goss, “The Greatest Virtue”  

Michael Naughton, “Love” 

Bruno Pozzani, “Respect”  

After superb delivery by all contestants, the panel of judges awarded Bruno Pozzani from Brazil the Winston Churchill Memorial Award, for speaking most persuasively on behalf of a just cause. Michael Naughton from Maryland Heights, Missouri received the W. Wallace Fry Cup for Excellence in Speaking Award for having the best speech on the basis of delivery, content and depth of thought. 

Congratulations to our Wallace Fry Speech Competitions winners!  

A special thank you to our panel of judges:  

  • Cheryl Morris, Fine Arts Instructor 

  • Rhonda Blaue, Executive Assistant to the President 

  • Liam Collins, Social Studies Instructor  

  • Jimmy Peyton, Activities and Recreational Specialist 

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Structure, self-discipline and accountability are standards of the MMA experience. For the Academy’s 132nd corps of cadets reporting to campus this fall, these standards — upheld via mandatory mask wearing, cleaning, personal hygiene and other layers of COVID-19 risk mitigation — will be expected with heightened awareness of personal and social responsibility during the global pandemic. Between 180 and 210 cadets in grades 7 to 12, plus post-grad year, are expected to join MMA’s corps for on-campus instruction this fall.

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