High school students from Democracy Prep school in the South Bronx, New York, compete against young people across the US at a ‘speech’ competition at Yale University, a form of competitive acting. Last year’s champion, Stephen, is hoping to regain his crown, but ambitious newcomers are coming up behind him. It’s not only trophies at stake, this could be their only chance of a college scholarship

From the Bronx to Yale: the power of high school ‘speech’

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