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Posted Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017 

Dominic Wright, a Wyoming Seminary senior, won the school's 2017 Oratorical Contest held recently on the Upper School campus.In his speech he described confirmation bias, a tendency among many people to seek out information that affirms personal beliefs about major issues in society. He recommended that his fellow students challenge their own beliefs, argue less, watch out for bias and encourage others to do the same.

Senior Paige Allen and junior Duncan Lumia also competed in the contest. Allen discussed the serious, negative effects of extensive lack of sleep among teenagers, and how changing the daily start time of schools to 8:30 a.m. would help students feel more rested and ready for school. Lumia observed that over the past 50 years NASA has innovated many valuable advances in technology which have benefitted society, and the steady decline in federal funding for the agency is likely to jeopardize future advances.

The three students were chosen as finalists from a field of 10 students who responded to the invitation to prepare 10-minute persuasive speeches under the direction of Ivy Miller, Upper School librarian and public speaking teacher.A team of faculty judges scored the students on their delivery, stage presence, logic in argumentation and strength of supportive evidence.

Sem has held the Oratorical Contest for more than one hundred years. The annual competition tests students' abilities to research and argue an issue with reason and conviction.

Senior Dominic Wright won the 2017 Wyoming Seminary Oratorical Contest. Shown following the contest are, from left: Ivy Miller, contest organizer; Duncan Lumia, contest finalist; Dominic Wright, contest winner; and Paige Allen, contest finalist.

Posted Monday, Feb 20, 2017 

High school students interested in joining a production of "Fame the Musical" during this summer's Performing Arts Institute (PAI) at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School are invited to register for the 11th annual PAI Musical Theater Scholarship Competition.

The competition will be held on Sunday, April 2 at 2:00 p.m. in Sem's Kirby Center for Creative Arts and will feature six finalists competing in performance for three PAI musical theater scholarships – full tuition, $1,000 and $500 – to attend the 2017 PAI Musical Theater Program. This year PAI will present the award-winning Broadway blockbuster hit "Fame the Musical." Students in grades 7-12 will work for six weeks in June and July to prepare for the performances on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 4-5.

Interested students should visit to review the requirements, complete the online registration form and follow instructions to submit an audition (DVD or YouTube) video. Contestants should prepare a one-to two-minute excerpt from a Broadway musical song and a one-minute monologue from an American copyrighted play or musical theater production. Registration will close at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 13 with DVD auditions requiring a postmark no later than March 8.

Artistic director for PAI's performance of "Fame the Musical" will be Steve Pacek, co-founder and associate artistic director of the 11th Hour Theatre Company of Philadelphia, who has been nominated for five Barrymore Awards. Joining him in the production are award-winning choreographer Jenn Rose and music director and composer Dan Kazemi.

The Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary, now in its 19th year, is an intensive three-to-six-week international festival for high school students of instrumental and vocal music, theater and dance. The Institute's outstanding faculty, high performance standards and dedication to the education of young artists make PAI a life-changing experience.

For more information, call the PAI office at (570) 270-2188 or visit the PAI Web site at

The Performing Arts Institute will hold a Musical Theater Scholarship Competition on April 2 for students interested in winning a scholarship to participate in PAI's musical theater program. Seen in a scene from the 2016 PAI production of "Chicago."

Posted Sunday, Feb 19, 2017 

For the 11th straight year, Wyoming Seminary has won the 2017 Pennsylvania Independent School Wrestling Tournament. Held at Malvern Prep on February 17-18, Sem competed against 19 other Pennsylvania independent schools. View the final scores here >

The Sem wrestling team will advance to the National Prep Tournament on Friday and Saturday, February 24 at Lehigh University's Stabler Arena. Below is a photo of the winning team:

Posted Thursday, Feb 16, 2017 

At the last swim meet of the year at Nanticoke Area, Wyoming Seminary boys and girls swim teams completed their seasons undefeated. Read the Times Leader coverage here >

Watch the video about the teams' undefeated season on WNEP-TV >

Sem swim teams have historic day and win the WVC championship >

The Blue Knights will move on to districts on March 3 and 4 at the Wilkes-Barre Catholic Youth Center. If the teams advance they will then move on to the Pennsylvania state competition at Bucknell University.

View the team pages here: boys swimming | girls swimming

Posted Tuesday, Feb 14, 2017 

           The Wyoming Seminary Mock Trial team recently competed in the 2017 Region 5, District 2 High School Mock Trial Competition in the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre, taking first place.

            In addition to winning the district competition, which ran for three evenings, four team members received awards based on their outstanding individual performances in the courtroom. Recipients of the Best Witness Awards are senior Paige Allen and senior and team co-captain Avery Conyngham, while recipients of the Best Advocate (Attorney) Awards are Allen, senior and team co-captain Emily Laurore and junior Meghna Melkote. Allen and Conyngham each received two awards.

            The team will now continue on to regional competition, to be held in March.

            The competition, sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, provides high school students with a firsthand experience of the American judicial system.

            Mock trial teams argue a hypothetical case before a judge and are evaluated based on their presentation, opening and closing arguments, direct and cross examination, poise and articulation, control of facts, and knowledge of Mock Trial rules of law and exceptions. Competitions involve two opposing high school teams who apply real-life statutes and case law to fictitious situations in a simulated trial setting.

            Team members are coached by teacher-coaches Adam Carlisle and David Johnson, and are advised by area attorneys Paul Galante, Guerline L. Laurore, Joseph C. Ruby and Zach Watkins.

            Members of the Sem Mock Trial team are seen after winning the 2017 District 2 High School Mock Trial Competition, standing from left: junior Samantha Immidisetti, junior Meghna Melkote, senior Avery Conyngham, senior Emily Laurore, senior Paige Allen, senior Imran Pakbaz and sophomore Philip Ouellette. The Hon. Tina Polachek Gartley, Luzerne County, was the presiding judge.

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