public speaking

2017 Public Speaking Grade-Level Representatives Announced

Posted on: February 10th, 2017

Academy at the Lakes held its annual grade-level Public Speaking Competition to determine each grade-level representative for the Public Speaking Assembly to be held in the Academy Gym on Monday, Feb. 13. The annual Public Speaking Competition is an integral part of Academy at the Lakes’ curriculum and core values as we seek to instill […]


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Top 10 Assumptions You Make About Your Teenager & Why You May Be Wrong

Posted on: October 14th, 2016

Not all parents are convinced their teenager needs to develop these skills to a higher level early in life.

Here is an original list of what parents have told me over the years.

Top 10 Assumptions Good Parents Make with Their Teenagers


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Dale Carnegie Skills for Success Workshop Series Offered at Academy at the Lakes

Posted on: October 12th, 2016

The Dale Carnegie and Academy at the Lakes partnership program: Generation.Next will take place weekly beginning Sunday, Jan. 8 – Feb. 26 from 2:00pm – 5:30pm in the Upper Division building on McCormick Campus. Generation.Next is a leadership workshop presented by Dale Carnegie for students in Grades 8 – 12. The course focuses on five […]


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2016 Public Speaking Competition Winners Announced

Posted on: February 5th, 2016

On Monday, Feb. 1, Academy at the Lakes held its annual grade-level Public Speaking Competition to determine each grade-level representative for the Public Speaking Assembly to be held in the Academy Gym on Monday, Feb. 8. The annual Public Speaking Competition is an integral part of Academy at the Lakes’ curriculum as we seek to […]


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Student Showcase: “A Good Man is Hard to Find” Presentations

Posted on: January 27th, 2016

“A Good Man is Hard to Find” Presentations Instructor: Mrs. Susan Zalac Class: AP English Literature and Composition Words and Presentation by Brian Compton ’16, Hannah Szarko ’16, Eve Lu ’16, Vijay Prasad ’16 AP English Literature and Composition is one of those classes where there is no right or wrong; there are no formulas […]


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Senior Speeches, Steeped in Tradition

Posted on: October 1st, 2015

Academy at the Lakes’ 12th graders experience a defining moment when they present their Senior Speeches. As they take their places at the podium and look their peers in the eyes, they reach an Academy student milestone. For sure, it’s an I Have Arrived moment.

Each year, seniors are required to present a culminating “Senior Speech” to Upper Division students and faculty.

As part of the school’s core curriculum, which includes communication, public speaking is an integral part of the Academy experience beginning in preschool.


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Public Speaking Competition Winners Honored at Assembly

Posted on: February 26th, 2015

On Wednesday, February 18, the 4th through 11th Grade Public Speaking Contest winners were honored at an assembly. The winners recited their speeches to an audience of peers, faculty, staff, and family.

The public speaking program, through the Language Arts/ English Department, is a special component of the English Curriculum. This program provides opportunities to practice public speaking skills, increase confidence in public communication, and explores literature, poetry, and speech writing.


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Student Showcase: Original ‘I Have a Dream’ Speeches

Posted on: January 23rd, 2015

AATL Student Showcase

After studying Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech, Mrs. Kimberly Vreeland’s English I Honors students wrote original I Have a Dream speeches and delivered them to their peers. Students embraced Academy’s core curriculum in their creative topics and enthusiastic presentations.


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Giraffe Club Election Results Announced

Posted on: September 30th, 2014

It is an Academy at the Lakes’ tradition for our oldest Lower Division students, our 4th graders, to lead our Giraffe Club. In keeping with Academy’s public speaking program, each of the Giraffe Club officer candidates gave a speech at a special assembly on September 26. Following the candidates’ speeches, Lower Division students cast their […]


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Finalists for Public Speaking Contest Announced

Posted on: February 7th, 2014

All 4th through 12th grade students at Academy at the Lakes participate in our annual public speaking program. Congratulations to all of our students who, over the past few weeks, have presented memorized selections in front of their classes. This week, our semi-finalists for each grade competed for the honor of presenting at the Public […]


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