Bran­den O’brien wins district speak­ing con­test

The Compass - - S -

Bran­den O’Brien of St. Kevin’s High in the Goulds claimed top hon­ours May 30 dur­ing the annual East­ern School District pub­lic speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

The event at­tracted eight par­tic­i­pants, and was held at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate in Bay Roberts.

O’Brien spoke in favour of the New­found­land seal hunt, and took a hard line against groups who op­pose the annual har­vest, de­scrib­ing them as do­mes­tic ter- ror­ists.

Judges for the event were Terry Roberts, se­nior edi­tor of The Com­pass, and Chris­tine Greene, a pro­gram spe­cial­ist with East­ern School District.

The for­mat did not in­clude se­lect­ing run­ners-up, but the judges said the dif­fer­ence be­tween each com­peti­tor was “ra­zor-thin.”

Also com­pet­ing were the fol­low­ing: El­iz­a­beth Hicks, Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate, geno­cide; Taylor Lynn Hutch­ings, As­cen­sion Col­le­giate, Bay Roberts, bul­ly­ing; Adrienne Janes, Bac­calieu Col­le­giate, Old Per­li­can, par­ent­ing; Evan Slaney, Queen El­iz­a­beth high, Fox­trap, cli­mate change; Charles Byrne, St. Michael’s high, Bell Is­land, cell phones in schools; Cather­ine Durl­ing, Bish­ops Col­lege, St. John’s, the im­pacts of tech­nol­ogy and so­cial net­work­ing; and Daniel Rees, Holy Spirit high, Manuels, Star Wars.

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