Students under the age of 19 who have not yet graduated from high school or the equivalent are invited annually to participate in the Optimist Club of Oak Park speech competition. This year students prepared a 4-5 minute speech on the topic, “Why My Voice is Important.”
Three Trinity students volunteered to participate in this local level of the contest– sophomores Faith Bieschke, Grace Lattner, and Marisa Maite. Students were judged based on four criteria: poise (appearance and personality), content of the speech (theme, logic and color), delivery and presentation (volume, pronunciation, gestures, eye contact, sincerity and emphasis), and overall effectiveness (appeal, impression, and attitude). Winning first place in the girls division of the contest, Marisa received a $100 monetary award and the opportunity to compete in the regional section on April 6 in Des Plaines, IL. Trinity’s IB Coordinator, Rose Crnkovich, who assisted the students with their practice said, “All three of our participants exhibited beautiful poise in their presentations while speaking on the topic with maturity and intelligence. After the competition, one of the judges remarked to me how much he admired the Trinity girls’ obvious sincerity.”
Congratulations to Marisa for expressing her positive outlook on why her voice as a young adult matters in our society. We also extend congratulations to Faith and Grace who received certificates of participation and the chance to try out again next year. A special thank you to Mrs. Linda Harrington, sophomore English teacher, who encouraged her students to take part in this rich public speaking opportunity.