Speech on Joan of Arc wins Grade 11 Osler Contest

The finals of Trinity College School’s Grade 11 Osler Speaking Contest were held on Monday, February 12th in the Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre. The speakers in this year’s competition impressed all with their well-researched speeches, their confidence and their varying styles of delivery.

The contest was initiated by the late Sir Edwin Leather ’37 in honour of the School’s first Head Boy, Sir William Osler. The competition is generously supported by the TCS Parents’ Guild who donated the trophy some years ago and who provide the prize money for the winner each year.

The judges for this year’s competition were Mr. Kristopher Churchill (head of Senior School), Mrs. Barbara Piccini (head of Junior School), and Mr. David Wills (retired faculty member). The English department would like to thank them for volunteering their time.

The students speak on a non-Canadian figure who has made a significant impact on the world. The speeches were given in class with the top student from each class participating in the final round in front of the entire grade.

The topics this year ranged from Euclid to Charlie Chaplin. After considerable deliberation, the judges awarded top prize to Hope Tidman for her speech on Joan of Arc. Hope brought much passion and energy to the delivery of her speech. She was able to bring Joan of Arc alive by way of her relatable interactions with the audience and the enthusiasm she brought to the subject. Honourable mentions were given to Ben Traugott for his speech on Theodor Geisel and Gemma Varty for her speech on Robert F. Kennedy, both of whom were able to bring out the more personal side of these well-known public figures.

The other finalists, in alphabetical order, were: Izzy Chin, Euclid; Opeyemi Dinah, James Meredith; Priyanka Gautam, Charlie Chaplin; Eric Kim, Helen Keller; and Andrew Youssef, Hunter “Patch” Adams. Many thanks to Head Prefect Liam Hildreth for hosting the competition and entertaining the audience between speeches with his TCS trivia and jokes.

- By Kristen Richardson, English department