On Wednesday, May 23, the annual Ely Public Speaking competition was held, and Leila Frederick '21, a day student from Hopkinton, MA, was the winner.
One of the School's oldest prizes, the Ely Prize was originally established in 1890 by Richard Fenwick Ely, Class of 1892, and was later endowed in memory of his mother. For the better part of a century it was an annual feature at St. Mark's, exemplifying a commitment to instruction in public speaking.
In 2013 the competition was revived. As good communication is an essential global citizenship skill, it became part of the III Form Global Seminar class, and it remains an annual III Form competition.
Runners up in this year's Ely Prize competition included III Formers Tommy Flathers, Tate Frederick, Richard Zhang, Nolan Willoughby, Kristy Chen and Ashley Hart.