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Students face off in public speaking competition Friday

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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ELEVEN students will face off on Friday in the Rita Marley Foundation (JA) Public Speaking Competition at The University of the West Indies, Mona.

Now in its fourth year, the competition seeks to hone oral and communication skills among youth, a recent release from the foundation said.

This year's competitors — Bryanna Baldie, from Ardenne High School; Aisha Downer from Excelsior High School; Tanisha Francis from Immaculate Conception High School; York Castle High School's Joel Lyn; Jamaica College's Rolando Alberts; St Hugh's High School's Jamelia Reid; William Knibb Memorial High School's Sashae Campbell; Wolmer's Boys' High School's Trevor Fletcher; Wolmer's Girls' High School's Tamoy Campbell; Rojay Pennant from Marcus Garvey Technical High School; and Tevaughn Nesbeth from Haile Selassie High School — were selected from in-house competitions at the respective schools or appointed by teachers who selected their institution's most impressive orators, the release continued.

According to the release, for the first round of Friday's competition, students were asked to “share with us your opinion on the cause of and remedy for the severe weather catastrophes affecting various countries throughout the world”.

The speeches, the release said, will be assessed by a panel of judges based on their relevance to topic, content, poise, delivery, diction, grammar, and adherence to stipulated time.

The top three speakers will then move forward to the final round, which the release said will be an impromptu topic. The top three students will be given 30 minutes to prepare and six minutes to deliver.

“Participants will be awarded superb prizes,” Rosemary Duncan, manager at the Rita Marley Foundation (JA), is quoted as saying in the release.

According to the release, previous winners of the competition, such as Xaundre Mohansingh who claimed the 2015 title while attending Glenmuir High School and is now studying medicine at The University of the West Indies, are all doing well academically and in the oratory arena.

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