Brownsdale student wows at public speak off
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.
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).