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Public Speaking Class Hosts "Ted Talks"

Seniors in Melissa DaCosta’s Public Speaking classes hosted an event, modeled after TED talks, on DTED Talksecember 18th and 19th in the Junior Senior High School Library.  The popular, non-profit organization, TED, is best known for their short (18 minutes or less) and inspirational talks.

The students in the public speaking class presented their inspiration talks to an audience of students and faculty members. Talks ranged from students own experiences overcoming diversity, to the impact of social media. 

Melissa DaCosta said, “each student was able to pick a topic that was meaningful to them. I wanted students to do some thinking and speak about what they are passionate about. Once students decided on a topic, we worked on stage presence, body language, and voice delivery. I wanted to give students a real speaking engagement experience.”

Chauncey Crane is a student in the public speaking class. Chauncey said, “For my presentation, I decided to speak on resilience because I’ve had to go through hardships in life and I wanted to give people advice. Through this class, I’ve learned how to be confident in myself when speaking publicly. It’s helping me gain confidence when it comes to school and talking in public. I feel like the more I gain confidence in my speaking, the more passionate I get about certain topics.” 

The library was full during this event and audience members were captivated by what the students had to say. Students presentations were polished and informative. Stay tuned for a similar event in the spring.



Mr. Michael J. Hoose, Superintendent

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