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Alumni and Public Speaking

Country School alumni work as stage and film actors; they are television news reporters; they are professors and teachers. They may not all have enjoyed the MacLane Poetry Recitation and other opportunities to speak publicly (though many did), but they will all tell you that these opportunities were invaluable in shaping the people they became.

Bianca Salkin was a speaker at her Country School graduation in 2006. Now working at Victoria's Secret, she tells us she may not have appreciated the poetry recitation or other public speaking opportunities when she was a student, but "looking back I am so grateful to have had public speaking exposure at such a young age. The confidence I gained from public speaking at TCS really helped me stand out in high school and gave me the confidence/skill set I needed to succeed in college and now at my job."