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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

 

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DECLAMATION DAY 2012 Entries

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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DECLAMATION DAY 2011 Entries

 

"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 prayforjapan.jp 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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DECLAMATION DAY 2010 Entries

 

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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DECLAMATION DAY 2009 Entries

 

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
(2nd)

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
(3rd)

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
(1st)

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