January 30, 2014

MASON -- The Laurel Wreath Competition is Mars Hill Academy’s annual oration event for students in grades 1-8. Reciting memorized pieces of literature, poetry and scripture, students compete in the areas of expression, stage presence, and clarity of voice. First place winners of each class receive the honor of presenting at a school assembly.

The laurel wreath was a symbol honor and excellence in Ancient Greece. The greenery was worn by victors in battle, champions on the athletic field, and ‘heroes of the spoken word.’

Photo: First grader Kaiya Knodel receives congratulatory flowers after her recitation of the poem “Wynken, Blynken and Nod” by Eugene Field for Mars Hill Academy’s “Laurel Wreath” Winners Assembly.