The oriole year book: Evansville Junior College
The prize winners
H. W. Marsh Oratorical Contest In past years Oratorical and Literary 'Work has not had the place in school curriculum that it should have had. The real value of training on lines of public speaking has been very much underestimated by people in general and even by the students who have the opportunity to reap the benefits of such training. Ability along the lines of literary work and public speaking is of inestimable value to any citizen as well as to the statesman, lawyer, and minister. The fundamental principles taught in this department are the basis of all convincing conversation. An idea, In order to be effectually conveyed to others, must b3 expressed in such a way that it not only is clear, but that it has the power to stir the feelings of individuals and bring about action. Thus literary, conversational, and oratorical success is based upon certain psychological principles. The aim of our public speaking department is to train the students to speak, not only with words properly arranged, but to convey those words with the full sense of their meaning, and backed with the feeling and sentiment of the idea. The voice is cultivated, making it clear, strong, flexible, and melodious. The body is trained into harmony of motion that renders the position of the speaker at once graceful, natural, and impressive. The student's vocabulary is increased and self-confidence is developed. He is thus enabled to picture ivividly the idea to be conveyed and the mastery of those basic principles is attained. He is thereby better fitted for life's duties as they bring him in contact with men. This department of Evansville Junior College under the direction of Mrs. Iva 0. Blews has, during the past year, done a good work and has accomplished its aim. Much interest has been taken in this line of work. It was brought to a glorious finish in the Annual Occasions consisting of the Haen Marsh Oratdrical Contest, open to the boys, and the Girls' Declamatory contest. These were events of great Interest to the whole school and city. and times of much innocent rivalry among the contestants. The final contest which was held on the evening of April second was an excepionally high class entertainment, equaling or excelling those of previous years. It was greatly appreciated by a large audience whose pleasure was evidenced by the tense excitemnt prevailing and expressed by loud applause when the judges' decisions were rendered and the prizes awarded. These annual contests, aside from their educational value and beneficial experience to the participants, add much to the spirit and life of the school regime. It is to be hoped that this good work will be kept up and extended until it shall have been strengthened and raised to a standard never excelled by any department or school. W. L. W.
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