It takes a lot of courage to get up on a stage and perform a speech, in fact as we heard in one speech it is one of the most common fears. Nine students braved the stares of the audience and entertained, informed and persuaded us. There are three divisions in the Upper School Public Speaking Competition: Junior, English as a Second Language and Senior.
In the Junior division, Gracie L. won for her speech on standing up for female rights.
In the ESL division McRid W. won for his speech urging us to take a leap of faith and try something new.
For the Senior division, Luis L. won for his passionate speech on the state of music and Eric G. won second place for his speech on how you shouldn’t lose your imagination just because you get older.
Students in Ms. Thomas’ Grade 12 Film Studies Course recently showcased a collection of their films in the 5th Annual RIFF – Ridley Independent Film Festival. The festival is the culmination of months of hard work in pre-production, production and post-production. Below are three films that were featured in the festival:
‘Dolly’ written and directed by Maia B. is about a doll lost in a world where she is the only one of her kind. Her search for a human that may be more like her has grim results.
‘Kelvin’s Story’ written and directed by Eric G. is a documentary following the story of Kelvin, a 17-year-old boy diagnosed with the world’s first case of Birdamanoma.
‘The Sick King’ written and directed by Audrey Y. is a documentary about her grandfather’s 90th birthday as he struggles with a serious disease.