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Local Middle Schoolers to Compete in Sarnoff Speech Contest: Nov. 19

Students from area middle schools will participate in the Annual Sarnoff Speech Contest at Southern Vermont College (SVC) on Sunday, November 19, at 2 p.m. in Everett Mansion’s Theatre. Every year, the Sarnoff Speech Contest is managed by SVC students in the Quest for Success Class, “Speak Up and Speak Out.” The contest is funded by The Milton and Dorothy Sarnoff Raymond Foundation. The public is invited to this event.

The speech contest is named after the late Dorothy Sarnoff, who was an American Operatic soprano, musical theatre actress, and self-help guru, born in Brooklyn, N.Y. From the late 1930s through the 1950s, Sarnoff had an active performance career as she sang in several operas with the New York City Opera and created many roles on Broadway, most notably Lady Thiang in the original 1951 cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I.” She also performed with the NBC Symphony Orchestra and the St. Louis Municipal Opera.

For more information on the Sarnoff Speech Contest, contact Tracey Forest, Senior Lecturer in The Hunter Division of Humanities, at

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