It’s about respect
Melissa Galway wins Knights of Columbus speak-off
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.