Student Declamations. DECLAMATION is a practice in public speaking and oratorical exercise. It has held a place in education throughout ancient, medieval and modern history in many schools and places of higher learning. Declamation is no easy task. It requires the selection of a piece, the preparation, the practice as well as the courage requisite for getting up to present, to the best of your ability, another person’s thoughts, words and feelings. This year’s theme was Resistance.