Recognizing that learning to speak in public is a critical life skill for all, Swain initiated an Oratory Contest for students in grades 6 – 8 to give them a forum to practice these skills. The event was open to all students in the Lehigh Valley.

On the afternoon of April 13, 17 talented students competed. They drew their speeches from among these Famous American Speeches, and were evaluated on poise, delivery and presentation, and overall effectiveness.

First and second place went to Moravian Academy's Oezue Bell (center) and Rohan Mehta (left). Third place was awarded to Swain's Reese Wilten '18.

For more photos from the competition, check out this gallery.


The Swain School, 1100 S. 24th St., Allentown, offers a vibrant education to 322 children in Preschool (aged three) - 8th grade. We do this by supplementing our academic program with additional opportunities in arts, athletics, engineering and design, public speaking, character education, technology, science, and languages.

Our beautiful 20-acre campus is conveniently located five minutes off the Lehigh Street exit of I-78, and busing is available to students from many local school districts at no charge.