W. Wallace Fry Public Speaking Contest Finalists Announced

MMA announced the finalists for its 81st annual W. Wallace Fry Jr., class of 1903 Public Speaking Contest. These students will present their own speeches on these topics on Thursday, May 23 at 7 p.m. in Centennial Gymtorium.

Tajae Blue, eighth grade, of High Ridge, Mo.,  “Standing Up for the Future”
Adam Schmitz, sophomore, of Chesterfield, Mo., “Is the World Really What We Think It Is?”
Kyle Mertens, freshman, of Mexico, Mo., “A Pirate’s Life For Me”
Ricardo Padilla, senior, of San Salvador, El Salvador,  “Should Schools Teach Art?”
Jon Johnston, junior, of Woodsboro, Md., “Gangs”
Ethan Rachell, senior, of St. Louis, Mo.,  “Down & Out”

DC Owens, a junior from Memphis, Tenn., is this year’s alternate. His speech is titled “Uniformity: Forced or Forgotten?”

The W. Wallace Fry Jr. Public Speaking Contest is held the Thursday prior to Commencement Weekend each year. The event is named for Wallace Fry, an MMA alumnus and prominent Mexicoan who graduated from the Academy in 1903.

The public is welcome to attend the contest.