Nick Dias of Malden, a freshman at Boston College High School, was awarded first place by the judges at the annual Odyssey Declamation held on June 1 in the Bulger auditorium on the Dorchester campus. Ben Mulligan of Avon finished in second place, and there was a tie for third place: Ryan Carney and Cal Noonan both of Scituate.
During the first six periods of the day, freshmen English students, all who have read Homer’s Odyssey in translation during the year, declaimed lines from the Odyssey in the Bulger auditorium. After the six preliminary rounds of competition, where the best three declaimers from each class did their utmost to bring Homer’s ancient poetry to life, the entire freshman class reconvened in the auditorium at 2:30 p.m. to watch the six best declaimers face off in the finals.
The judges were members of the English Department at the school: Gene Holmes and Beth Killorin.