Stepping Up to the Mic at Staten Island Academy
At Staten Island Academy, an independent school distinguished not only by its rigorous academics and student-centered approach to learning, learning public speaking offers students a unique opportunity to develop self-confidence and self-assurance. In today’s rapidly evolving world, effective communication skills are essential for success.
By consistently presenting in front of their peers and teachers, students gradually overcome stage fright and fear of judgment. This confidence not only enables them to use their voice effectively and responsibly, but also positively influences other aspects of their lives, such as social interactions, leadership roles, and future professional opportunities.
Beginning in Early Childhood, students learn to articulate their thoughts clearly, organize their ideas effectively, and develop skills of persuasion. Public speaking encourages students to become vocal advocates for causes they believe in. By researching and presenting on relevant topics, students gain a deeper understanding of social issues and develop the ability to express their opinions persuasively. This skill cultivates active citizenship and empowers students to be agents of change in their communities, fostering a sense of responsibility and engagement beyond the campus.
Effective public speaking is also closely linked to strong leadership skills. At Staten Island Academy, students often have opportunities to lead clubs, organizations, and events. The ability to communicate confidently and inspire others helps students to develop leadership qualities and inspire teamwork and collaboration.
Public speaking inherently pushes individuals out of their comfort zones and challenges their fears. By providing a supportive and encouraging environment, schools like The Academy help students confront their fears head-on and develop resilience. By the time students have completed high school at Staten Island Academy each student will have communicated to both small and large audiences in both personal and more formal settings, enabling them to distinguish themselves as thoughtful and engaged citizens.
Kabral Armah, a member of this year’s graduating class, who will begin at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the fall, said: “At The Academy I had been speaking in and out of the classroom as a leader in both Model Congress and Model United Nations during my time as a lifer. When it came time for me to interview during the college admissions process, I felt like I had such an advantage speaking with representatives of the college because I was confident, comfortable and myself.”
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