Roxbury Latin Earns the Googins Cup for the Fifth Consecutive Year

On February 9, four Roxbury Latin students traveled to West Hartford, Connecticut, to compete in the Kingswood Oxford School’s annual public speaking competition. For the fifth 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 contributing to the team’s success were Ethan Phan (II), Edozie Umunna (II), Colson Ganthier (II), and David Sullivan (III). Each competed in two different events, with two boys achieving individual recognition. Edozie not only placed third in Impromptu Speaking, but he also placed third overall in the competition, which included 55 students from ten schools. David also earned a third place finish, in After Dinner Speaking. Combined, the team’s performance earned them the coveted first place honors once again.

“Winning the Best School Award for the fifth consecutive year demonstrates a deep commitment,” says faculty member Stewart Thomsen, who accompanied the boys to Kingswood Oxford. “That includes not only the commitment of our boys, but also of the many adults in the program who train our boys from year to year and nurture their talents. This is a victory for all of us.”