Ascension Collegiate student wins Knights of Columbus speak off in Harbour Grace
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.
Participants in the 2018 Dalton Assembly Speaking Competition for the Knights of Columbus — (l-r) Alicia Hennessey, Nicole Pike, Juliann Keeping and William Hibbs.