Speech Night 2009


A Feast for Body and Soul

A Speech by Alexi Sargeant

Alarm Clocks

A Speech by Dan Mox

The Dog that Bit People

Written by Mary Mox

Thurber Narrator        Albert

Mrs. Detweiler        Elizabeth

Mother                Mary

Brother                Ellis

Thurber character        Mark

“The Sun Has Long Been Set” by William Wordsworth

Recited by Lia Welch


William Kocher

Virtue Recites “The Foil” by George Herbert

Lily Welch

Pride Recites “The Destruction of Sennacherib” by Lord Byron

Ben DiMaio

Piety Recites Psalm 100 by Isaac Watts

Theresa Dierkes

Family Affections tells the story of King Lear

Grace Mox

Greed Tells the Story “My Uncle Jules” by Guy de Maupassant

Siddhartha Nama

Industry Recites “The Pasture” by Robert Frost

Lily Fitzgibbons

Loyalty Recites “Gareth and Lynette” by Alfred Tennyson

John Paul Stevens

People-Pleasing Tells Richard Baxter’s Sermon Illustration on People-pleasing

Nicolas Kane

Humilty Recites “I’m Nobody”

James Callahan

Trust Recites “Jehovah-Jireh” by William Cowper

Elsa Walter

The Night the Bed Fell

Screenplay written by Zachary Klee

Thurber Narrator    Gianni

Briggs Beall        Timmy

Gracie Shoaf        Elizabeth

Herman        Peter

Mother        Rebekah

Father            Jadon

Thurber character    Tommy


A Speech by Austin Berman

Climbing the Mountain

A Speech by Ben Shaw

What Money Can’t Buy

A Speech by Bradley Berman

House All Whites, Sky like Green Onion

A Speech by Micah Walter

The Car We Had to Push

Screenplay written by Timmy, Samuel Jonam Walter, and Mark Luber

Thurber Narrator            Samuel

Thurber character            Zachary

Brother Roy                Jonam

Uncle Zenas (George Martin)    Timmy

Grandfather                Peter

Get-ready Man            Gabriel

Father                    Jadon

A Many-eyed Monster

A Speech by Emily Mox

Stimulus: Politics, not Economics

A Speech by Benjamin Walter


There are essentially three literature classes represented in Speech Night 2009. This academic year the elementary students read and studied literature by a wide variety of Christian and classical writers, including (among many others) John Bunyan, Leo Tolstoy, Benjamin Franklin, William Bradford, Isaac Watts, Robert Southey and Guy de Maupassant. The topic of the course was “vice and virtue” and the literature was specifically chosen to encourage the pupils to explore the intricacies of man’s moral life and character. At the same time, the course emphasized skills more usually associated with language arts, such as reading comprehension, grammar and writing. Tonight the students will present some of the virtues and vices they learned along with a story that they have read or poem that they have memorized.

      The middle school students primarily studied narratives—journals, biographies and autobiographies—although our study included other genres of writing related to the works studied, such as poetry and fiction. The course focused on some of the most important aspects of writing, including structure and development, word choice, voice and theme. The course began with the journal and naturally progressed into the personal narrative, the autobiography and lastly the biography. The course closed with a study of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, a play based on Plutarch’s biography of the Roman soldier-emperor. The reading included fictional works and excerpts based on autobiography and biography, such as works by Plutarch, Lewis and Clark, Frances Burney, James Thurber, George Whitefield, J. J. Porchat, James Boswell, John Wesley, George Fox, Davy Crockett, Hudson Taylor, Charles Dickens and others. Tonight the students will be performing original scripts based on James Thurbers’ My Life and Hard Times, a humorous satire of his life growing up in the Midwest.

     Satire was the focus of the high school class. Works included essays, poems, and excerpts from major novels from some of the world’s greatest satirists, including Jane Austen, Frances Burney, Cervantes, Charles Dickens, Gogol, Horace, Samuel Johnson, Alexander Pope, Jonathan Swift, Mark Twain, Timothy Dwight, and Voltaire. In the second half of the year students read and studied essays by Montaigne, Addison and Steele, Samuel Johnson, Charles Lamb, Charles Dickens, William Henry Hudson, Hannah More, William Hazlitt, Christopher Morley, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Helen Keller, and George Orwell. Tonight students will present their original musings, inspired by some of the classic essays which we read in class.

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