Ascension Collegiate student wins district level speak off
Kian Dove of Clarke’s Beach won with speech about captivity of orca whales
Eight contestants all spent about six minutes giving thoroughly practiced speeches Thursday night at the Baccalieu Lions Club in Old Perlican.
The first place winner of the event was Kian Dove, 17, of Clarke’s Beach. Dove gave a passionate speech about the captivity of orca whales in places such as Seaworld and Marine Land, and how captivity impacts the creatures.
“It feels so awesome,” said Dove about winning the district level speak off. “We all work so hard, reciting our speeches over and over again and grinding them down, taking parts out so that it’s not too long or not too short. It’s a process, but it’s so rewarding at the end of the day.”
Dove says her speech topic came from a true passion of hers, and that it has always been a passion since her first visit to Marine Land as a young girl. She says documentaries like “Blackfish” do a good job of shining a light on the issues she mentioned throughout her six-minute speech.
In the future, Dove says she’d like to become an advocate for whales and other sea creatures in captivity, travelling the world to spread the message she feels so strongly about.
Placing in second was Aileen Pike of Carbonear Collegiate, who spoke about the impact technology has on society. Third place winner was Luis Garia of Spain, who is studying abroad at Ascension Collegiate. Garcia’s speech covered both the positive and negative aspects of going to school in another country.
The Lions Club was full of family and friends of contestants, as well as Lions Club members, judges, and questioners. Contestants all took turns giving speeches on varying topics, including influence, kindness, technology and orca whales.
The contestants were judged in several areas, such as eye contact, emphasis and enunciation, and how often they referred to their notes, if they had any at all. Each speaker had anywhere between four to six minutes to give their speech, and was docked points for every 10 seconds they went above the time limit.
Dove will go on to be one of seven participants in the regional level speak off in Gander April 1.
Left: Kian Dove (right) received her award from Mike Foote of the Baccalieu Lions Club.
Kian Dove (right) and good friend Luis Garcia, who won third place.