Janes takes club speak-off crown
Contestants praised for effort put into speeches
Adrienne Janes of Hant’s Harbour offered a unique commentary on strict parenting to capture the top prize in a public speaking competition hosted by the Baccalieu Lions Club Feb. 23 at Baccalieu Collegiate in Old Perlican.
The Level III student used her experiences as a teenager to make her argument that parents who are too protective over their children are not doing their offspring any favours.
She edged out six other competitors — all from Baccalieu Collegiate — for top spot.
Janes took a close decision over second place Samantha Ash of Hant’s Harbour, who tackled the controversial topic of stem cell research and the benefits stem cells could have on diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Adding a wrinkle to this year’s event, it was announced that both Janes and Ash would move on to the zone public speaking competition being held at the Shearstown Lions Club in Bay Roberts, March 27. Traditionally, only the top speaker would advance, but organizers decided to broaden the field in an attempt to expose more young people to higher levels of competition.
The judges praised all students for their “poise when answering questions” and “the effort put into researching their topics.”
Other speakers and their topics included the following: Chantal Garland, benefits of organ donation; Matthew Blundon, advantages of travelling; Rebecca Tizzard, organized sports; Amber Woodvine, Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; and Michaela Garland, health problems before and after obesity.
The next Baccalieu Lions Club public speaking competition is scheduled for March 29 at Cabot Academy in Western Bay, when the elementary students get their chance to take to the podium.
Seven students took part in the Baccalieu Lions Club public speaking competition Feb. 23 in Old Perlican. They included, from left, Amber Woodvine (third), Chantal Garland, Michaela Garland, Matthew Blundon, Adrienne Janes (winner), Rebecca Tizzard, and Samantha Ash (second).