Pratt-Packard Declamation Contest

Richard Lopez '18 of Inglewood, Calif., won first place for his speech, "Sharing the Voice of the Shadows," in the 16th annual school wide Pratt-Packard Declamation Contest on April 5.

The contest honors two Choate teachers who were at the center of the School's public speaking tradition: E. Stanley Pratt, a Choate dean and public speaking and drama teacher, who taught at Choate from 1921 to 1960, and the late H. Jeremy Packard '55, former head of the History Department. Mr. Packard, one of Mr. Pratt's students, revived the tradition of declamation at school when he initiated public speaking as a requirement for all third formers in the late 1970s.

The contest is underwritten by Charles Krause III '51, whose generous gift 16 years ago has supported the teaching and study of public speaking as well as the expansion of the School's debate program. All finalists received monetary awards, but the first prize winner additionally has his or her name engraved on a silver bowl as the Charles Krause Junior Fellow in Public Speaking.

Congratulations to finalists: Mpilo Norris '18; Melody Li '18; and Bryce Wachtell '17. See photo gallery.