• Poly Prep

MS Assembly: Bearns I

Richard Perry Theatre

Tuesday, April 30 is a Middle School Dress-Up Day for the first round of the finals of the Middle School Bearns Speaking Contest. 

Public speaking at Poly began in 1899, before the school’s move to the current Dyker Heights campus in 1917. The contest’s namesake, Joseph H. Bearns (Class of 1895), appreciated the speaking skills he had developed at Poly so much that he endowed the annual contest in 1936. He credited the speaking skills he developed at Poly for his successful career in business.
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