Though she retired more than 35 years ago, Doris Post remains a well-known and respected figure across campus, thanks to the annual oratory competition that bears her name.
After joining Dwight as a registrar in 1953, she assumed increasing responsibilities as: music teacher, English teacher, Academic Dean, and ultimately, Chair of the English Department. For nearly three decades, Doris Post influenced the lives of countless students until she retired in 1981. Shortly thereafter, the competition was launched in her honor.
Every year, our English Department, chaired by Michael Wiesenfeld, inspires students in grades 6-10 to demonstrate outstanding research, writing, and public speaking skills through the Doris Post Oratory Competition. These skills are critical for success in the IB curriculum and in life. After distinguishing themselves from more than 200 competitors, the top two students from each grade move on to a final round in an assembly for Middle and Upper School students.
This year's ten finalists delivered formal speeches on topics spanning a wide range of topics, from the personal to the global. Finalists included Daniel '23, Kyra '23, Olivia Tajer '22, Grace Guthart '22, Y-Lan Coste '21, Fuschia Steward '21, Anish Bardhan '20, Stephane Hatgis-Kessell '20, Michelle Rhee '19, and Jacob Schaffer '19.
Their speeches were elegant, well-researched, and compelling. Doris Post would indeed be proud! Hit play to see and hear for yourself.
A panel of Dwight guest judges undertook the challenging task of selecting winners in each grade: Kyra, Olivia and Grace, Fuschia, Stephane, and Jacob. Congratulations to all!
Thank you to Arthur Palaci Zani '19 for the photos!