The Greenwood School Announces 40th Annual Gettysburg Address Recital & Guest Judges

Many of us can relate to the fear of public speaking, or glossophobia, experienced by 75% of the population. Despite this overwhelming statistic, The Greenwood School in Putney, Vermont successfully employs a team approach in preparing their 6-12 grade students with language-based learning weaknesses, to individually recite from memory Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address before an audience of family, friends and judges from around the world. The Next Stage Theater is expecting a full house on Friday February 15, 2019 marking Greenwood’s 40th annual Gettysburg recital.

The courage that comes from Greenwood’s 1 in 5 students who learn differently, to address a crowd, invites resounding applause from a spell bound audience year after year. It never gets old. Both upper classmen and alumni who have gone through this Greenwood rite of passage, all agree that it marked a turning point in their lives. Participating in the Gettysburg event is an epic accomplishment reframing self-imposed stigmas of having diagnosed learning disabilities.

Students who have fulfilled their Gettysburg requirement in a prior school year, have the option of delivering an alternative speech of significance in subsequent years. This upcoming 40th Gettysburg recital will also include the inspiring words of 1936 Olympian Jesse Owens to Brigadier General Joshua Chamberlain plus others. First, Second and Third place medals will be awarded to both Middle and High School students for orating excellence, although everyone who qualifies to take to the stage is a winner from the start.

This year Jim Oliver will be our opening speaker. Peter Eden, President of Landmark College is a returning guest judge along with Emily Jones, Head of Putney School, Nick Perry, Head of The Grammar School, and Carolyn Oliver, educator extraordinaire.
    • Abraham Lincoln pictured in the center, just hours before delivering his timeless words in The Gettysburg Address.