Browns­dale stu­dent wows at pub­lic speak off

The Compass - - NEWS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Tak­ing on this prov­ince’s re­la­tion­ship with the oil in­dus­try can be a sturdy task of a sea­soned lec­turer, let alone a youth speaker.

How­ever, Browns­dale’s Ni­cole Pike made it look easy March 22 dur­ing her first-place speech on the oil in­dus­try and how it can still be a boon to the econ­omy of New­found­land and Labrador.

A Grade 9 stu­dent at Bac­calieu Col­le­giate in Old Per­li­can, Pike used sound re­search to in­form the two dozen par­ents, teach­ers, Lions Club mem­bers and judges about the ben­e­fits that can come with oil, as well as some of its ef­fects dur­ing a down-pe­riod for prices, as the prov­ince is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing now.

Con­nect­ing with her au­di­ence, she used a great voice and ac­tions to move seam­lessly be­tween points and ar­gu­ments.

It was a solid per­for­mance that earned her near per­fect scores from the trio of judges. Other win­ners in­cluded sec­ond­place fin­isher MaKayla Wells, along with Alyssa Bar­rett and Ken­dra Ge­orge who tied for third place.

Pike was one of a sched­uled 12 speak­ers, although two had to drop out the day of the event due to ill­ness.

Com­peti­tors ranged from Grade 7 to Grade 9 and in­cluded Shelby Burt (Old Per­li­can), Bri­anna Bar­rett (Old Per­li­can), Hai­ley North (Red Head Cove), David Bud­den (New Chelsea), MaKayla Wells (Bay de Verde), Sarah Coish (Bay de Verde), Alyssa Bar­rett (Old Per­li­can), Ken­dra Ge­orge (Old Per­li­can) and An­drew Hyde (Red Head Cove).

Emily Power and Chantel Fa­hey were the pair of speak­ers who could not speak due to ill­ness.

Stu­dents spoke on top­ics that ef­fect their lives ev­ery day. These in­cluded the cor­re­la­tion be­tween home­work and health, adapt­ing to changes in tech­nol­ogy, women’s rights, bul­ly­ing, an­i­mal rights, teenage anx­i­ety and tech­nol­ogy ad­dic­tion.

They de­liv­ered their speeches with pas­sion and poise. Judges ap­plauded them on their use of voice, the ar­gu­ments they pre­sented and the use of re­search in their work.

It takes guts to stand up in front of a group of peo­ple, whether it’s fam­ily or not, and speak for min­utes at a time. Stu­dents were en­cour­aged by judges to con­tinue pub­lic speak­ing.

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Flanked by Bac­calieu Lions Club mem­bers Dave Foote (far left) and Michael Foote (far right), these four stu­dents from Bac­calieu Col­le­giate in Old Per­li­can took home top prizes at the an­nual Lions Club ju­nior pub­lic speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion on March 22. They are, from left, Alyssa Bar­rett (third), Ken­dra Ge­orge (third), Ni­cole Pike (first) and MaKayla Wells (sec­ond).

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