As­cen­sion Col­le­giate stu­dent wins district level speak off

Kian Dove of Clarke’s Beach won with speech about cap­tiv­ity of orca whales

The Compass - - Sports - BY CHRIS LEWIS chris.lewis@tc.tc

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.

CHRIS LEWIS/TC ME­DIA

Left: Kian Dove (right) re­ceived her award from Mike Foote of the Bac­calieu Lions Club.

CHRIS LEWIS/TC ME­DIA

Kian Dove (right) and good friend Luis Gar­cia, who won third place.

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