Student speaking at podium

Senior Voice

It’s a watershed event in the life of a Brunswick boy, a turning point in growth from adolescent to young man.

Each year, every week from November to April, Brunswick seniors take a turn at the podium in Baker Theater.

Center stage, the student delivers a three- to five-minute speech, known quite simply as the “Senior Voice.”

The speeches are a requirement for graduation and offer a chance for students to hone their skills in public speaking.

The speech is formal. Boys wear a jacket, a Brunswick patch, and a senior tie; the talk is evaluated for content, eye contact, tone, length, and more.

“We want the boys to face what is, societally, the top fear of most adults,” said Class Dean Paul Withstandley. “To conquer that. You hear the words brother, brotherhood, acceptance, family. How they feel part of our community. It’s just an enormous leap.”

All Senior Voice speeches are recorded and catalogued, and boys are provided a private link they can share with family and friends.