Carbonear student takes top honours at speaking competition
Jessica McCarthy, a Level III student at Carbonear Collegiate, took first place at a public speaking competition March 15.
McCarthy’s topic, Living my Childhood Dreams, earned her the win at the Dalton Assembly Fourth Degree, Knights of Columbus Regional Public Speaking Competition held at St. Francis School, Harbour Grace.
The first runner-up was Kyle Riggs, a Level I student representing Baccalieu Collegiate, Old Perlican. He chose Volunteerism in our Community as his topic.
Second runner-up Jessica Dawe is a Level I student attending Ascension Collegiate, Bay Roberts. Her topic was Health Care in Newfoundland and Labrador — Are we in a crisis?
Amber Samms, a Level I student representing Ascension Collegiate also spoke on Living my Childhood Dreams.
Judges Frances O’Neill, Anne Whelan and John Walsh adjudicated the five-to-seven minute long speeches based on content and delivery.
The competition is one of several held by the Fourth Degree Assemblies throughout Newfoundland and Labrador during the month of March each year.
Jessica McCarthy will now represent Dalton Assembly and Carbonear Collegiate at the Provincial Finals, which will take place at the Knights of Columbus in Harbour Grace, April 18.
PUBLIC SPEAKERS — Participants in the Knights of Columbus Regional Public Speaking competition spoke on a number of topics March 15. From left are: Jessica Dawe, First Place Winner Jessica McCarthy, Amber Samms and Kyle Riggs.