It’s about re­spect

Melissa Gal­way wins Knights of Colum­bus speak-off

The Compass - - TRINITY SOUTH -

A Level I stu­dent at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate in Bay Roberts, Melissa Gal­way, took first place in the Dal­ton Assem­bly Fourth De­gree, Knights of Colum­bus re­gional pub­lic speak­ing competition held March 20 at St. Fran­cis School in Har­bour Grace.

Her topic was Hu­man Life.”

The con­test was one of many held by the Knights of Colum­bus through­out New­found­land and Labrador in March. The Dal­ton assem­bly in­cludes high schools in Bay Roberts, Car­bon­ear, Old Per­li­can and Blake­town.

The first run­ner-up was Jessica Dawe, a Level III stu­dent from As­cen­sion. She spoke about “Car­ing for Aging Par­ents.” The sec­ond run­ner-up was Janine Sell­ers, a Level II stu­dent at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate. Her speech was en­ti­tled “Bul­ly­ing, ha­rass­ment and vi­o­lence in our schools.”

Other con­tes­tants and their top­ics were:

• Brit­tany Doo­ley, Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate, “How is so­cial net­work­ing im­pact­ing to­day’s youth?”

• Matthew Blun­don, Bac­calieu Col­le­giate, Old Per­li­can, “Dis­rup­tive stu­dents and their ef­fect on ed­u­ca­tion;”

• and Tay­lor Au­coin, Bac­calieu Col­le­giate, “ The es­ca­lat­ing crime rate … is there a de­ter­rent?”

The par­tic­i­pants spoke for be­tween five and seven min­utes, and were judged on con­tent and

“ Re­spect­ing de­liv­ery. Judges were Ellen Mer­ri­gan, Frances O’Neill and Pa­trick Collins.

Gal­way will rep­re­sent her school and Dal­ton Assem­bly Fourth De­gree at the pro­vin­cial speak-off competition April 9 in Bishop’s Falls.

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