Students ready to showcase speeches for trip to nation’s capital

New Hampton, Iowa – New Hampton Middle School’s oratory program has been polishing their golden pipes in preparation for the group’s showcase night.

Instructor Jason Rude says 14 students have written speeches with a chance to compete in the nation’s capital.


An outside panel of judges will evaluate the presentations on oratory night, which is on Monday at 6 at the middle school.  The event is open to the public.

Rude says the top two will travel to Washington D.C. May 3-7 to present in front of thousands.


The students started after Christmas break.  The preparation has shown growth to Rude.

He added the group exceeds national baseline standards according to a national researcher.

For Rude, the most important piece is the impact an experience like this has on his students.



Kellan Heavican

News & Sports Director

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