With her speech on the impact of volunteerism, Nora Cahill '19 won the annual Youth Speech Competition run by the Medfield Lions Club. Nora advanced through three progressively more challeging rounds, placing in the top fifteen competitiors at the state-wide competition.
The competition started last November when high school students all over the state were invited to write a speech lasting between 5 and 8 minutes answering the question, “What is the impact of volunteerism?”....
Ms. Cahill’s speech opened with a description of the scene at her family Christmas, and the “warm, fuzzy feeling” she gets from seeing her younger cousins open their presents. Her speech continued by discussing Nora’s pursuit of that warm, fuzzy feeling by volunteering on a regular basis, including her founding of a student service organization within the Montrose School. Ms. Cahill then cited statistics from studies of volunteerism on a global basis, which showed that volunteering helped the volunteers just as much, if not more, than the people they helped, concluding “Volunteerism is the ultimate mutually beneficial action of our society.” Ms. Cahill closed her speech by urging those present to “leave here tonight in unending pursuit of that warm, fuzzy feeling.”
Montrose School students have placed among the top competitors at the state level many times in the last ten years and have won the competition twice in the last five years.