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Declamation

February 18, 2021 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

What is declamation? Declamation is a tradition here at Cambridge in which all 6th through 11th graders must participate. In memorizing a text and presenting it before an audience, students learn to use the rhetorical power of speech. Initially, students must recite a piece 3-5 minutes long in front of their literature class for a major grade. The best candidates from their classes then proceed into the semi-finals and, if selected, move on to the final competition. These competitions are divided between the Middle and Upper School students. The final event of Declamation takes place an evening in February in which the students recite their piece in front of their family, friends, classmates, and distinguished judges who are brought in to select an Upper School and Middle School winner.