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April 21: AUSD's First Oratorical!
Posted 4/9/21

The public is invited to AUSD’s first “Project Soapbox Oratorical” on the evening of April 21. The event will feature speeches by AUSD (middle and high school?) students on topics of their choice.

AUSD has partnered with Project Soapbox on this event. This first year, teachers from Wood Middle School, Lincoln Middle School, Encinal Jr. & Sr. High School, and Alameda High School have received training on how best to coach students on participating in an oratorical, including: 

  • choosing topics about which they are passionate

  • researching the topic

  • structuring a two-minute speech, and 

  • presenting it to the public

Student topics this year include animal cruelty at SeaWorld, gender inequality, gentrification, underfunded public schools, climate chagne, implicit bias, body image, and vaccine defiance.

Due to the pandemic, this first AUSD Oratorical will feature pre-recorded speeches from AUSD students. If they choose, the students can also enter their speeches into the city-wide Season for Non-Violence speech contest on May 8.

Community members who wish to attend the April 21 Oratorical can register via the QR code on the flyer below or by clicking


soapbox flyer