Top Public Speaking Honors, and the Googins Cup!

On February 10, four Roxbury Latin students traveled to West Hartford, Connecticut, to compete in the Kingswood-Oxford School’s annual public speaking competition. For the fourth year in a row, RL’s contingent returned with the Googins Cup, awarded to the team that places first overall in four categories of competition: Persuasive Speaking, After Dinner Speaking, Impromptu Speaking, and Ethical Dilemmas.

The four RL boys came from three different classes: Avi Attar from Class II, Colson Ganthier from Class III, and Teddy Glaeser and Theo Teng from Class IV. Each competed in two rounds of two different events, with two boys achieving individual recognition. In Impromptu, Avi placed second, speaking on the topics of “ocean” and “summer jobs.” In Persuasive, Colson placed first with a speech about the importance of second language acquisition, and Avi placed third with a speech about the dangers of cutting weight in wrestling. Combined, the team’s performance earned them the coveted first place honors once again.