Public Speaking Success: First Place Finish and the Googins Cup

On Super Bowl Sunday, Mr. Stewart Thomsen—chair of the history department—took the four-man team of Andrew Steinberg, Marc de Fontnouvelle, Eoghan Downey, and John Philippides (all Class I) to the Kingswood Oxford School for the Forensics Union Public Speaking Tournament in West Hartford, Connecticut.  The competition included four events in all—Persuasive Speaking, After-Dinner Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, and Ethical Dilemmas—with each boy competing in two events.


The RL team acquitted themselves well among their competition: Marc placed first in Ethical Dilemmas, and Andrew placed first in both Persuasive Speaking and Impromptu Speaking.  John took third place in Persuasive Speaking, and Eoghan took third place in Impromptu Speaking.  Marc finished as the tournament’s second place speaker overall, and Andrew earned first place speaker of the tournament.  Roxbury Latin also won the Best School Award, bringing home the Googins Cup for the third consecutive year.