Janes takes club speak-off crown

Con­tes­tants praised for ef­fort put into speeches


Adrienne Janes of Hant’s Har­bour of­fered a unique com­men­tary on strict par­ent­ing to cap­ture the top prize in a public speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion hosted by the Bac­calieu Lions Club Feb. 23 at Bac­calieu Col­le­giate in Old Per­li­can.

The Level III stu­dent used her ex­pe­ri­ences as a teenager to make her ar­gu­ment that par­ents who are too pro­tec­tive over their chil­dren are not do­ing their off­spring any favours.

She edged out six other com­peti­tors — all from Bac­calieu Col­le­giate — for top spot.

Janes took a close decision over sec­ond place Sa­man­tha Ash of Hant’s Har­bour, who tack­led the con­tro­ver­sial topic of stem cell re­search and the ben­e­fits stem cells could have on dis­eases such as can­cer, Alzheimer’s and Parkin­son’s.

Adding a wrin­kle to this year’s event, it was an­nounced that both Janes and Ash would move on to the zone public speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion be­ing held at the Shearstown Lions Club in Bay Roberts, March 27. Tra­di­tion­ally, only the top speaker would ad­vance, but or­ga­niz­ers de­cided to broaden the field in an at­tempt to ex­pose more young peo­ple to higher lev­els of com­pe­ti­tion.

The judges praised all stu­dents for their “poise when an­swer­ing ques­tions” and “the ef­fort put into re­search­ing their top­ics.”

Other speak­ers and their top­ics in­cluded the fol­low­ing: Chan­tal Gar­land, ben­e­fits of or­gan do­na­tion; Matthew Blun­don, ad­van­tages of trav­el­ling; Re­becca Tiz­zard, or­ga­nized sports; Am­ber Wood­vine, At­ten­tion deficit hy­per­ac­tiv­ity dis­or­der; and Michaela Gar­land, health prob­lems be­fore and af­ter obe­sity.

The next Bac­calieu Lions Club public speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion is sched­uled for March 29 at Cabot Academy in Western Bay, when the el­e­men­tary stu­dents get their chance to take to the podium.

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Pho­tos by Ni­cholas Mercer/The Com­pass

Seven stu­dents took part in the Bac­calieu Lions Club public speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion Feb. 23 in Old Per­li­can. They in­cluded, from left, Am­ber Wood­vine (third), Chan­tal Gar­land, Michaela Gar­land, Matthew Blun­don, Adrienne Janes (win­ner), Re­becca Tiz­zard,...

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