Skip To Main Content

Popular Searches

Julia Alkhayer ’23 Named 2022 Charles Krause Junior Fellow in Public Speaking

Julia Alkhayer ’23 of South Windsor, Conn., was named the 2022 Charles Krause Junior Fellow in Public Speaking for her speech, “Welcome to my Channel.” The public speaking contest honors two Choate teachers who were at the center of the School's public speaking tradition. The contest is underwritten by Charles Krause III '51, whose generous gift has supported the teaching and study of public speaking as well as the expansion of the School's debate program.

“Speaking at School Meeting in front of my peers and Choate adults was a special moment for me,” says Julia. “For years, I struggled to accept my ethnicity. It was difficult for me to recognize that others see me differently because I’m Arab and that many don’t understand the hardships Arabs face. My YouTube channel brought me an immense amount of happiness, and when I received negative backlash because of my ethnicity, I was heartbroken. That was when I wanted to change how Arabs are perceived.
“Since I first came to Choate, I’ve wanted to provide insight into the normalized discrimination towards Arabs in this country. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to do just that, and the tremendous support I’ve received from the Choate community has been amazing. I hope my message will continue to spread across campus and that others are inspired to continue learning about Arabs.”

All finalists spoke in front of the campus community at Colony Hall during School Meeting, with introductory remarks made by English teacher John Cobb. Congratulations to the other finalists: Micole Makau ’24 for her speech, “School Arson Cases in Kenya,” Claire Fu ’22 for her speech, “Learning to Love My Skin,” and Andrew Kim ’24 for his speech, “Growing Up White.”

  • Event