declamation at regina angelorum The Regina Angelorum Academy had another outstanding Declamation season this year.  The students spent a great deal of time memorizing their selections and polishing their vocal and physical delivery.  Learn more about our Declamation program by clicking here.

On February 29th, we welcomed Mr. Joseph Grabowski and Mrs. Deanne Ferriera, Esq. as judges for the Regina Angelorum Declamation Contest.  The visiting judges were very impressed with each student’s delivery.

Winners advanced on March 6th to the regional competition held at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown. 

7th/8th Grade- Orations

Winner
Bella Lombardi (8th) “Crusade Rallying Speech of St. Bernard of Clairvaux at Vezelay”

Runner Up
Joseph Cheely (7th): “Their Finest Hour” by Winston Churchill

Honorable Mentions

  • Grace Lazzari (8th) “West Berlin” by John F. Kennedy
  • Bea Emery (8th) “We Chose to Go to The Moon” by John F. Kennedy
  • Maddie Brown (7th) “A Message to the United Nations World Conference on Women” by St. Teresa of Calcutta

5th/6th Grade- Narratives

Winner
Christine Cheely (5th): Excerpt from Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Runner Up
Serena Leng (5th): Excerpt from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Honorable Mention

  • Xavier Luong (6th):  Excerpt from The Black Pearl by Scott O’Dell
  • Alex Carney (5th): Excerpt from Henry the V  by William Shakespeare’
  • Sofia Hodgson (5th): Excerpt from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis3rd

4th Grade: Poetry

Winner

Thomas Petrucci (4th): “The Village Blacksmith” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Runner Up
Ambrose La Ruffa (3rd): “The Fighting Temeraire” by Sir Henry Newbolt

Honorable Mention

  • Alba Reagan (4th): “Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf” by Roald Dahl
  • Mary Kate Bora (4th): “The Pig” by Roald Dahl
  • Emilia Brothers (4th): “Song of the Pilgrim” by C.S. Lewis

The Declamation season continued with a regional competition.  On March 6th, Regina Angelorum Academy students competed against other Regina Academies at the National Shrine to Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA.  Fr. David Friel, Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, [link to vocation page] began the competition with prayer.  Mr. Tim Murnane, Chair of the Regenia Academies welcomed students.  [link to Regina Academies page]

Regina Angelorum Academy placed in this regional competition with Thomas Petrucci coming in 2nd place.  Christine Cheely and Bella Lombardi received honorable mentions.  Congratulations Thomas, Christine and Bella on a job well done!

Through Declamation, students refine public speaking skills, gain confidence and learn about the history surrounding great works of literature and oration.  Regina Angelorum Academy is proud of the students who competed this year and we’re already looking forward to next year’s Declamation competition.