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.



Chris Berg

Chris was born in Webster City and raised in Charles City. As a young kid, he would always be caught singing along to songs on the radio. He says he's good at karaoke but we think otherwise. ;) In his free time, he enjoys beginning new projects at home and hardly ever finishing them. Chris lives in Charles City with his wife Vicki, daughter Brynlee and son Jaxon.
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