History of Emerging Voices
Throughout its history, The Webb School has placed great importance on teaching students to speak confidently before a large audience. While this requirement has taken many forms over the years, the most traditional assignment is the declamation, a memorized piece of literature with an original introduction written by the performer.
Declamation and Oration
6th-8th grade students present a declamation to the middle school student body. 9th-grade students present a declamation to the entire student body. In their subsequent years of high school, students build on the foundation of their declamation performance with an oration in 10th grade, a creative public performance in 11th grade, and finally the presentation of their original research in their senior year. This process enables students to leave The Webb School ready to share their ideas and findings with the world with poise and conviction.