Boylston Prizes for Elocution 2015 - 4. 17. 15

The Final Round!

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Professor Derek Miller hosted the final round of the 2015 Boylston Prizes For Elocution, held on Tuesday, March 31st in the Thompson Room. Beginning with thirteen contestants in the preliminary round, which was held on March 25th, the list of finalists was narrowed down to eight undergraduates: Michael Taylor, William Dingee, Lelaina Vogel, Alice Abracen, Zoe Hitzig, Julian Lucas, Stephen Mackereth, and Tomi Adeyemi. After all of the finalists delivered their selections, a panel of three judges (a lawyer, a member of the clergy, and a professor) met to choose the winners. First place was awarded to Tomi Adeyemi for her delivery of an excerpt from The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. DuBois, and second place went to Zoe Hitzig, who recited an excerpt from “Corson’s Inlet” by A.R. Ammons. Congratulations to all those who participated!

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Order of Elocution:

Michael Taylor, English: “Easter Morning” by A.R. Ammons
William Dingee, Classics: Iliad, 1.1-16 by Homer
Lelaina Vogel, Psychology: “Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg” by Richard Hugo
Alice Abracen, English & Religion: Excerpt from Julius Caesar, Act I Scene II by Shakespeare
Zoe Hitzig, Mathematics & Philosophy: “Corson’s Inlet” by A.R. Ammons (second place winner)
Julian Lucas, Literature: “The Sea is History” by Derek Walcott
Stephen Mackereth, Mathematics & Philosophy: Excerpt from “Ash Wednesday” by T.S. Eliot
Tomi Adeyemi, English: Excerpt from The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois (first place winner)