Stephen Fletcher, a junior at Trinitas Christian School, placed second in the national Chrysostom Oratory Contest. This annual speech contest is sponsored by the Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS) for 11th and 12th grade students across the country from accredited ACCS schools. Students submit original speeches, 10 – 15 minutes in length, which contain arguments articulating the best way to resolve a dispute or persuade people to take action. Taped speeches are judged on six elements: exordium, narration, partitio, confirmatio, refutatio, and peroration; as well as the student’s rhetorical skills and wisdom in choice of topic.

Master Fletcher has earned an all-expense paid trip to Atlanta for himself and his parents in June, where he will present his speech at the annual ACCS conference. He will also be awarded a $500 prize. This is the first time a Trinitas Christian School student has placed in the national competition.