KMS Students to Present at Fords Theatre

FordsTheatreIdaho is one of only nine states that have been lucky enough to be chosen to participate in the 2014-2015 Ford’s Theatre National Oratory Fellows Program. Kuna Middle School was chosen to represent Idaho at this amazing event. On Thursday, February 12th, KMS held their Kuna Middle School / Ford's Theatre Oratory Competition and Celebration.

Over twenty 8th graders started the program and 14 of them competed in the competition. Parents, grandparents, siblings and other relatives turned out for the event. The two 8th graders who won the competition were Sophia McGregor (Oratory Champion) and Olivia Stewart (Runner-up). Chelsea Trautman was selected as the alternate.

Wally Hames, KMS 8th Grade American History Teacher, is in his 4th year as a Ford's Theatre National Oratory Fellow. In Mr. Hames' history classes, students have been working with a professional actor, Mr. Stephen Schmidt, through the use of video conferencing software (Skype) to work on Oratory Skills and Podium Points that help students in their Public Speaking skills. This is also the first year that Mr. Hames has had an Oratory Club that allowed all 8th Graders at KMS the opportunity to work on historical as well as original speeches, podium points and video conferencing with Washington, DC after school. Even though this program is in its first year it has proven to be a complete success.

Between May 1st and May 7th, Mr. Hames along with Miss McGregor and Miss Stewart, will be visiting our nation's capital city to attend leadership workshops as well as different oratory sessions. They will all work with five professional actors in preparation for a celebration on stage at Ford's Theatre. On Monday, May 4th, Sophia and Olivia will present their original speeches onstage at Ford's Theatre alongside students from across the United States.

The presentation can be viewed Here.



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