Speaking on amendments


Junior Alina Jones pays close attention to the video being played on the screen and prepares to work on her speech. “I’m doing the first amendment (freedom of speech), which is the most important in my opinion because everything we do is linked to freedom of speech,” she says.

Kaelyn Miranda


With the sun beaming through windows, the teacher turns on the projector and begins to play a video on what not to do when you present a speech. On October 31, English III teacher Charlene Nelson’s honors classes prepared to give speeches, which took place on November 7.

Students were obligated to pick what amendment they thought is the most important, but with a few days left to prepare for their two-minute speeches, some students worried about their presentations.

“Me personally I don’t like getting up in front of big crowds, not even classrooms,” junior Raymond Cooper said. “When I do present speeches, I get a little shy and my words get scrambled all over the place.”

Depending on the student, some prefer to prepare for speeches ahead of time to feel more comfortable when presenting a speech in front of the class when it comes to time.

“The first thing I do is I set up an organizer with my first point and second point,” junior Alina Jones said. “Then from there I find evidence to support my claim and points.”

Whether or not a student prepared beforehand for their speech, they were ready to share their favorite amendment.

“I think the best amendment is the right to bear arms,” junior Alexander Snedden said. “Without it we wouldn’t be able to protect ourselves.”

Through the speeches, students exchanged knowledge and opinions on the amendments to one another.

“Freedom of speech is the most important,” junior Jose Vargas said. “A lot of people wouldn’t be able to do what they do now, or speak up during school. Freedom of speech plays a very big important role in life.”