Newtown resident Tim Echeverria, a seventh grader at Chase Collegiate, took first place in the school's annual Declamations project. A signature event in the School’s Public Speaking Program, Declamations are formal speeches presented by Middle School students to their entire class, parents and other guests. The students distilled a research paper on pioneers of the sky, land and sea into a into a three-minute speech.
“The research and delivery was impressive for their first Declamations,” said Jason Lewis, Head of the Middle School. The following students were recognized by the judges. Other first place winners include Sarah Feldman of Cheshire, Owen Carlson of Watertown; second place went to Michael Nejaime of Torrington; and third place went to Austin Pronovost of Woodbury, Catherine Walsh of Prospect, Lily Turner of Roxbury and Justin Butler of Middletown, Colin Mariani of Watertown, Layne Carter of Bethlehem and Pearl Young of Waterbury received honorable mention.