As­cen­sion Col­le­giate stu­dent wins Knights of Colum­bus speak off in Harbour Grace

The Compass - - Editorial - •Sub­mit­ted by Ger­ald Ryan

Wil­liam Hibbs, a Level III stu­dent at As­cen­sion Col­le­giate in Bay Roberts, took first place in the Knights of Colum­bus Dal­ton As­sem­bly Speak­ing Com­pe­ti­tion, held March 25 at St. Fran­cis School in Harbour Grace.

His topic was “Se­cu­rity in so­ci­ety — how far should we go?” Sec­ond place went to Ju­liann Keep­ing, a Level II stu­dent from As­cen­sion who spoke on the topic “The true mean­ing of lead­er­ship abil­ity.”

Third place was a tie be­tween Ali­cia Hennessey from Carbonear Col­le­gaite and Nicole Pike from Bac­calieu Col­le­giate in Old Per­li­can. Hennessey’s topic was “Has equal­ity and re­spect for women re­ally im­proved in mod­ern so­ci­ety?” Pike spoke on the sub­ject of “Should schools have a re­quired life skills course in the cur­ricu­lum?”

This con­test is one of many held yearly by the Fourth De­gree As­sem­blies through­out New­found­land and Labrador. The stu­dents, who each had five-to­seven min­utes to speak, were judged on con­tent and de­liv­ery.

The judges for last month’s speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion re­marked that all con­tes­tants gave ex­cel­lent pre­sen­ta­tions. Judges for the event were Ellen Mer­ri­gan, Eileen Fur­long and Leo Mackey. The time keeper was Reg O’Neill.

The win­ner, Hibbs, will rep­re­sent his school and Dal­ton As­sem­bly at the pro­vin­cial fi­nals, sched­uled for April 21 in Bishop’s Falls. Bishop O’Neill As­sem­bly will host the event at the lo­cal Knights of Colum­bus build­ing.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Par­tic­i­pants in the 2018 Dal­ton As­sem­bly Speak­ing Com­pe­ti­tion for the Knights of Colum­bus — (l-r) Ali­cia Hennessey, Nicole Pike, Ju­liann Keep­ing and Wil­liam Hibbs.

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