Alexander Grosek, a Wyoming Seminary senior from Kingston, won the school’s 2016 Oratorical Contest held recently on the Upper School campus. In his speech he asserted that virtual reality will lead the next major revolution in technology and described how it might change the way humans interact with their societies and the world.
Juniors Paige Allen of Mountain Top and Jinho Jang of Seoul, South Korea also competed in the contest. Allen discussed the enormous impact that philanthropy has on society and described how everyone, including teens, benefits from philanthropic gifts of money, time, goods and services. Jang observed that although the United States is one of the most diverse countries in the world, minorities are still underrepresented in employment, government, leadership positions and entertainment, and he encouraged Sem students to work to solve issues of racism and discrimination.
The three students were chosen as finalists from a field of nine students who responded to the invitation to prepare 10-minute persuasive speeches under the direction of Ivy Miller, Upper School librarian and public speaking teacher. A team of faculty judges scored the students on their delivery, stage presence, logic in argumentation and strength of supportive evidence.
Sem has held the Oratorical Contest for more than one hundred years. The annual competition tests students’ abilities to research and argue an issue with reason and conviction.