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University of Massachusetts Amherst

Declamation Day 2012

Orientation session:
Tuesday, April 3
7:30 pm in Herter Hall 205


Past Declamation Day Entries


2012 - view photos here






Winners in bold

"Ode to Criticism" by Pablo Neruda, 1956

Speaker: Cameron Hamlet


Excerpt from "See It Now" by Edward R. Murrow, 1954

Speaker: Ben Parson


Excerpt from Idylls of the King by Lord Alfred Tennyson, 1859

Speaker: Sophie Kaner


"Remixing America" by R. Zamora Linmark, 1997

Speaker: Maria Pedone


Excerpt from Moby Dick by Herman Melville, 1851

Speaker: Gavin Beeker


"Thanks for all the smiles" by GACKT, 2010

Speaker: Priscilla Velasco


"April Inventory" by W.D. Snodgrass, 1987

Speaker: Aidan Stone


"Like Lilly Like Wilson" by Taylor Mali, 2001

Speaker: Colin MacDonald (Runner-up & Audience Choice)


"The Dictator's Speech" by Charlie Chaplin, 1940

Speaker: Zack Hardy


"I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Maya Angelou, 1969

Speaker: Zainab Jalloh


"The Curtains Are Waving and People Walk Through The Afternoon Here and In Berlin and In New York City and In Mexico" by Charles Bukowski, 1967

Speaker: Christian Tyler Hoots (Winner)


"Knock Knock" by Daniel Beaty, 2009

Speaker: Tamisha Francois


The Creature's monologue from Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, 1818

Speaker: Jimmy Vidal


Remarks on the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr by Robert F. Kennedy, 1968

Speaker: Timothy Colby


V for Vendetta by Alan Moore, 1982

Speaker: Bryana Scalley


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"Life Story" by Tennessee Williams, 1937
Speaker: Amanda Robinson


"Twenty Something Betters" from Roxanne (film) by Steve Martin, 1987
Speaker: Carl Mead


The King's Speech to the People, by King George VI, 1939
Speaker: Garrett Gowen


"Race for the Sky" by Richard Pearson Thomas, 2002
Speaker: Gwendolyn Coburn


Closing Statement from the Dock, Nelson Mandela, 1954
Speaker: Joseph Kenneally


from An Unquiet Mind, by Kay Redfield Jamison, 1995
Speaker: Elizabeth Miller


"In the Waiting Room" by Elizabeth Bishop, 1977
Speaker: Elizabeth Adams


"Letter of Complaint" by Wendi Aarons, 2007
Speaker: Erica Simpson


"Shake the Dust" by Anis Majgani, 2006
Speaker: Ellen Trapp


"Chinese Novel" by Pearl S. Buck, 1938
Speaker: Stacey Hronowski


"Where Do You Get Your Ideas?" by Neil Gaiman, 1977
Speaker: Samantha Cardone


The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, Act I, scene ii, by William Sakespeare, 1601/1623
Speaker: Timothy Colby (winner)


from Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin, 1956
Speaker: Christian Hoots


"This Type Love" by Saul Williams, 2002
Speaker: Linda Tardif (Runner Up)


"How the Whale Got His Throat" from the Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling, 1902
Speaker: Sophie Kaner


Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln, 1863
Speaker: Steve Darcy


7 tweet messages from after the earthquake in Japan, various authors, since March 11, 2011
Speaker: Tatsuro Fukushima (Audience Choice)


President Evans' Address to Congress from The Contender (film) by Rod Lurie, 2000
Speaker: Nicholas Barton


Hamlet, Act III, scene i by William Shakespeare, 1599
Speaker: Maria DeRosa


Closing Speech by Lt. Col. Slade from Scent of a Woman (film) by Martin Brest/Bo Goldman, 1992
Speaker: Michael Spahr


"B" by Sarah Kay, 2008
Speaker: Jessica Hegarty


"Manifesto" by Nicanor Parra (translated by Miller Williams), 1968
Speaker: Laura Gail Grohe


"The Unicorn in the Garden" by James Thurber, 1931
Speaker: Esther Carver


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On the Decay of the Art of Lying” by Mark Twain
Speaker: Santo Mammone

from V for Vendetta (film) by James McTeigue
Speaker: Alexis Derr


"Thermodynamic Miracles" from The Watchmen (film) by Alan Moore
Speaker: Nicholas Ortolani


Patrick Henry's Speech to Congress, 1775
Speaker: Lauren Brooks


"Compliment" by Rives
Speaker: Brittany Costa (2nd)


"On Seeing the 100% Perfect Girl One Beautiful April Morning" by Haruki Murakami
Speaker: Tim Howd


"Say Yes" by Andrea Gibson
Speaker: Samantha Creed


"Resistance" from Waking Life (film) by Richard Linklater
Speaker: Lindsay Orlov


"Gold-Rush Girl" by Jeanette Winterson
Speaker: Stacey Gonillo


"Bust a Move" by Young MC
Speaker: Dan Kendrick


"You Can't Have It All" by Barbara Ras

Speaker: Adam Petkus (3rd)


From Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
Speaker: Kim Feener


"The Minister's Monologue" from Synechdoche, NY (film) by Charlie Kaufman
Speaker: Christian Hoots


From The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
Speaker: Ellie Goerlach


"I Could Be A Poet" by Taylor Mali
Speaker: Caitlyn O'Brien (1st)


From Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem
Speaker: Rita Brandt-Meyer


"Votes For Women" by Mark Twain
Speaker: Greg Hartofelis


"Sentimental" by Albert Goldbarth
Speaker: Katrina Turner


"Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout" by Shel Silverstein
Speaker: Christopher Cattel


"Cigarettes and Chocolate" by Anthony Minghella
Speaker: Emily Day



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Winners in bold


Don’t Blame Your Parents: The Nurture Assumption on Trial” by Judith Rich Harris
Speaker: Carol Grossi

Everybody’s Free” by Baz Luhrmann
Speaker: Eric Rehm (honorable mention)

From “Six Non-Lectures” by e.e. cummings
Speaker: Mary Fegreus

President Thomas Whitmore’s address from the film “Independence Day
Speaker: Andrew Ferlo

Touching” by Gideon Grody-Patinkin
Speaker: Shiran Sultan

The Blues Lyric” by Garrison Keillor
Speaker: Tim Howd

The Archipelago of Kisses” by Jeffrey McDaniel
Speaker: Ali Harrington

Be the First Penguin” from “The Last Lecture” by Randy Pausch
Speaker: Samantha Creed

Eurydice” by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle)
Speaker: Ellie Race-Moore

If I Ran the Internet” by Rives
Speaker: Patriac Coakley

A Quiet Road” by Sara Rosett from “Chicken Soup for the Military Wife’s Soul”
Speaker: Sarah Kaczmarek

A Brave and Startling Truth” by Maya Angelou
Speaker: Caitlyn O’Brien

Queen Elizabeth’s oration before the Battle of the Spanish Armada
Speaker: Adrienne Paquin

A Modest Proposal” by Jonathan Swift
Speaker: Malgosia Tolak

Declamation Honoring Sir Ulrich Von Lichtenstein of Gelderland, from the film “A Knight’s Tale
Speaker: Adam Petkus

Tribute to the Dog” by George Graham Vest
Speaker: Matt Perry

I Love You” by Mary Fons
Speaker: Anna Dynarski

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