Hebron Academy in Hebron, Maine has an ambitious program to make all students competent speakers. It is described this way:
“Hebron Academy’s Words Program:
Who does all the talking at your school?
At Hebron Academy, we have placed focus on a student-centered public speaking initiative called the “Words Program.” Starting with the First Word, given by freshman to a group of 15 peers, and culminating with seniors and postgraduates giving their Last Word to the entire school community.
The First Word – Freshmen learn the fundamentals of good public speaking
The Next Word – The sophomores follow a fast-paced multi-media format. The focus is on the student performance.
Another Word – Juniors follow two paths. New Juniors present words of others through monologues while returning juniors learn the art of speaking as a member of a panel.
The Last Word – Seniors to speak to a topic of their choice that is personal and meaningful and share it publicly.”
Contact Lissa Gumprecht at Hebron Academy to learn more about their oral communication commitment. http://www.hebronacademy.org/page