Lodge School tops speak-off
The Lodge School emerged winners of the fourth edition of the Co-operators General Insurance Speak Off.
Ten finalists took to the studios of the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation on November 21 to address the topic What Steps Can Be Taken By Road Users To Prevent Vehicular Accidents? . . . Drivers, Pedestrians, Motorcyclists And Bicyclists.
The top five were Makaila Millington of the Lodge School, Shonta Rock of the Lodge School, Rondela Boyce of the Frederick Smith Secondary School, Azaliah Mascoll of Coleridge & Parry and Shamona Forrester of Harrison College.
Minister in the Ministry Of Transport, Works & Maintenance Peter Phillips attended, as well as the president of the Barbados Road Safety Association, Sharmane Roland Bowen, and Sergeant Seibert Johnson.
Cheryl Forde, marketing and human resources manager at Co-operators General Insurance, said she was very impressed with the presentations of the students who had done their research on the topic and seemed to enjoy presenting it.
Forde said that by using the topic, Co-operators General was educating the youth about road safety and at the same time affording the students the opportunity to showcase and develop their presentation and research skills.
The organisers reported that judges had a difficult job determining the placement in the keenly contested competition.
From left: second-placed Shonta Rock of the Lodge School; Minister in the Ministry of Transport, Works & Maintenance Peter Phillips; winner Makaila Millington of the Lodge School; general manager of Cooperators General Insurance Anton Lovell; and third-placed Rondela Boyce of the Frederick Smith Secondary School.