The tradition of Declamations has been honored for over fifty years at the American Overseas School of Rome
Each student in the junior class (grade 11) selects a passage that connects with the year's guiding inspiration, which, this year, is "Courage".
Students learn their beloved texts by heart, presenting their interpretations from memory and are evaluated on four criteria:
- Quality of Literature
- Vocal Interpretation
- Physical Interpretation
2017 Declamations Finalists:
Excerpt from "The King's Speech" by David Spiedler. "We keep resolutely faithful to it, ready for whatever service or sacrifice it may demand."
Leonardo Luca C.
"If Money Was No Option" by Alan Watts.
"How would you really enjoy spending your life?"
Excerpt from "Scent of a Woman" by Bo Goldman.
"I can tell you this: he won't sell anybody out to buy his future! And that, my friends, is called integrity! That's called courage! now that's the stuff leaders should be made of."
Nikol Niko D.
BATFA Screenwriters' Lecture by Charlie Kaufman
"To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best night and day to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting."
Excerpt from a commencement address by Admiral McRaven
"What starts here can indeed change the world, but the question is: what will the world look like after you change it?"
"The Writer's Duty to Remind Man of Courage" by William Faulkner
"The poet's voice need not merely be the record of man, it can be one of the props, the pillars to help him endure and prevail."
"The Impossible Dream" by Mitch Leigh
"To be willing to march into hell for a heavenly cause."
"Not to Stop" by Anonymous
"In the face of pains and hardships before me I shall not tarry, not waver, nor wear; I shall not stop."
"Courage is the Foundation of Excellence" by Eddie Pinero
"Courage is saying to yourself, 'I am worth more than I have now."
Pantea A.T (Finalist who has chosen not to present)
"Home" by Warsan Shire
"No one puts their children on a boat unless the water is safer than the land."