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