The first-place winner of the 42nd Annual Michael C. Leuthe Recitation Contest on Friday, March 17, was Fifi M.-R. '25, who excelled with the "How Dare You” speech to the UN Climate Action Summit, 2019 by Greta Thunberg. Ryan O. ‘26 moved the audience with an excerpt from the film Miracle - Coach Herb Brooks addresses his 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team before its USSR Match, which came in second place. And, with a hilarious performance of "Principal’s Office” by Young MC, Adriana B. ‘26 placed third.
Congratulations to all of the finalists from Grades 5-8 on such phenomenal deliveries (some even brought Head of School Jalene Spain Thomas to tears). This year, our judges were The Rev. Yaa Addison W’05, who was recently ordained to the Diaconate of the Episcopal Church; Mike Di Marco, the Executive Director at our nonprofit partner Horizons Greater Washington; and Lesley Younge, an educator at the Maret School and published author. The judges unanimously expressed their admiration for our students’ exceptional performances.
Librarians Jamila Felton and Mara Rosenberg expressed their excitement that another successful Recitation Contest has highlighted the love and support of the St. Patrick's community and demonstrated academic excellence in literature and public speaking. Once again, congratulations to Fifi M-R. ‘25, Ryan O. ‘26, Adriana B. ‘26, and all the finalists and alternates for their hard work!