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Pell Prize

A graduate of Harvard University with a Master’s Degree in Journalism from Boston University, Madison County resident Gene Pell has spent much of the last half-century as an award winning broadcast journalist. He has been both Moscow Bureau Chief and Pentagon Correspondent for NBC News, and for twenty years was news anchor for the NBC affiliate in Boston. Mr. Pell is also the former Director for Voice of America and President of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

It’s as an immersion into the lives and times of some great women and men—of history and today. In our annual competition, you’ll listen to what they say, how they thought, and feel how these words had a unique impact on what followed. By getting in touch with great words by great men and women, Madison parents and teachers, and citizens will see and hear public speaking at its best, and feel—almost at first hand—what merely reading words off a page cannot possibly convey.

Our school’s forensic students will next compete for the Pell Prize Saturday, May 6, 2017. The event will be open to the public, and parents, teachers, students, and members of the public are especially invited to attend.

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