Declaim: verb To deliver a formal recitation, especially as an exercise in rhetoric or elocution. Congratulations to fifth grader Vienna W. and seventh grader Maeve G. (pictured below with Head of School Laura Caron) for receiving top honors in the 2018 Harold W. Wise Declamation Contest! Vienna declaimed For All We Have and Are by Rudyard Kipling and Maeve declaimed Totally Like Whatever, You Know by Taylor Mali in front of a captive audience of students, faculty and parents earlier today during a special School Meeting. Thank you to Ms. Michaela Murdock ’14, Ms. Phoebe Potts, and Ms. Lily Wildrick ’14 for joining us as finals judges.
Our annual declamation contest was named by longtime teacher and administrator Dan Wise for his father who, as a would-be actor, struggled to memorize his lines. Through the years, hundreds of Brookwood School students have participated in the event. With a Lower Level Division for fifth and sixth graders and an Upper Level Division for seventh and eighth graders, the process begins when students choose their own readings with guidance from faculty. Class and grade-level rounds follow, and then semi-finalists are selected. The event culminates when finalists compete on stage in front of the entire Brookwood community and a panel of guest judges.
Pictured in the album below are finalists Isaac G., Waters L., Vienna W., Quinn F., Harlowe H., Ellie W., Mave G., Madeleine G., Lily R., Annabelle D. H., Lindsey G. and Abigail G. Congratulations to this years’ honorable mentions Paige M., Hannah S., Rae H., Allison K., Grace G., Claudia L. C., Kyra J. and Amelia T., as well as fourth grade winners Lilah M., Callie B. and Jasper J.