Judges favour geno­cide speech

Record turnout for public speak­ing event in Vic­to­ria


The last stu­dent to speak ended up in first place at a public speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion hosted by the Vic­to­ria Lions Club Feb. 27 at the Vic­to­ria Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

El­iz­a­beth Hicks im­pressed the judges and her au­di­ence with her ad­dress on “The atroc­ity that is geno­cide.”

El­iz­a­beth was one of 13 stu­dents who took part in the speak­ing con­test, the largest num­ber in the his­tory of the com­pe­ti­tion, which dates back over 30 years.

A Level II stu­dent at Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate, El­iz­a­beth is the 16-year-old daugh­ter of Barry and Cathie Hicks of Car­bon­ear. She re­ceived a plaque and $75 cash for her ef­forts.

Speak­ing on “Laugh­ter — the best medicine,” Alana Loveys of Car­bon­ear fin­ished in sec­ond place and re­ceived a medal­lion and $ 50. Ahila Karv­nanithy, who is also from Car­bon­ear, chose “El­der abuse” as the topic of her speech, which earned her a third place medal­lion and $25. Ja­nine Sel­lars of Western Bay fin­ished in fourth place with her speech on de­pres­sion. Ja­nine picked up a medal­lion and $15.

All four win­ning speak­ers earned the right to move on to the next round, the re­gional/zonal level set to take place March 29 at the Shearstown Lions Club.

The Vic­to­ria event at­tracted about 50 peo­ple, in­clud­ing mem­bers of the host Vic­to­ria and Car­bon­ear Lions Clubs, par­ents and teach­ers from Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate, which all 13 stu­dents at­tend.

Wide-rang­ing is­sues

In their speeches, the stu­dents tack­led a wide range of cur­rent and provoca­tive is­sues. Mark Ped­dle spoke on the work­ing con­di­tions at Fox­conn; Laura Slade, the New­found­land and Labrador econ­omy; Shelby Rae Car­pen­ter, stereo­typ­ing among teenagers; Justin Par­sons, the Cana­dian cadet pro­gram; Brit­tany Doo­ley, vi­o­lent video games; Ja­cob Elyh, the fine arts; Ri­ley Bal­som, why tourists should va­ca­tion in New­found­land and Labrador; Sarah Pynn, do­mes­tic abuse; and Ge­orge Butt, our friend or en­emy.

Ches Ash, re­tired prin­ci­pal of Car­bon­ear Col­le­giate; By­ron King, prin­ci­pal of Per­salvic El­e­men­tary in Vic­to­ria and Mona Rose, as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at the school, served as judges.

Speak­ing on be­half of his fel­low judges, Ches Ash said all the stu­dents spoke so well that they had a “dif­fi­cult time” in se­lect­ing the top four.

“All the speak­ers de­serve our praise,” Ash said.

He said the par­tic­i­pants demon­strated, “in­tel­li­gence, com­mit­ment and re­spon­si­bil­ity” in their speeches, which were “very well re­searched, in­for­ma­tive and well pre­sented.

For those who are mov­ing on to the next level, the judge had some ad­vice to of­fer.

“Make sure to main­tain a nat­u­ral com­po­sure in your pre­sen­ta­tion.” He said the judges no­ticed the com­po­sure of some of the speak­ers ac­tu­ally im­proved while they were re­spond­ing to ques­tions from re­tired teach­ers Bren­dan White and Frank Martin.

“Look at your au­di­ence and make eye con­tact. And don’t be afraid to get in­volved with your pre­sen­ta­tion phys­i­cally by ges­tur­ing to cap­ti­vate your au­di­ence,” he sug­gested.

Lion Frank An­tle, who chaired the com­pe­ti­tion, said the win­ners of the Vic­to­ria speak- out will com­pete against con­tes­tants rep­re­sent­ing the Bac­calieu Lions Club in Old Per­li­can and Bay Roberts Lions Club when they move on to the re­gional/zonal level.

“The win­ner at the re­gional/zone level will re­ceive $100 plus a tro­phy and will rep­re­sent Lions Zone 7 at the Lions Dis­trict con­ven­tion in Gan­der April 14,” An­tle ex­plained.

Seven stu­dents from all over East­ern New­found­land will take part in the dis­trict speak-out. The win­ner will re­ceive $500 and the Daisy Shep­pard Tro­phy. She or he will also go on to rep­re­sent the dis­trict at the Mul­ti­ple Dis­trict con­ven­tion in Antigo­nish, Nova Sco­tia May 19. There the win­ners from east­ern and western New­found­land and Labrador will com­pete against rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Lions dis­tricts in Prince Ed­ward Is­land, New Brunswick and the State of Maine.


Pho­tos by Bill Bow­man/the Com­pass

The 13 stu­dents who spoke at the Vic­to­ria Lions public speak­ing event Feb. 27 in­clude: Front (l-r) — El­iz­a­beth Hicks, win­ner; Alana Loveys, sec­ond; Ahila Karv­nanithy, third; and Ja­nine Sel­lars, fourth; back — Ja­cob Elyk, Laura Slade, Ge­orge Butt, Ri­ley...

The four top speak­ers at the Vic­to­ria Lions public speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion Feb. 27 were, from left, Alana Loveys, sec­ond; El­iz­a­beth Hicks, first; Ahila Karv­nanithy, third; and Ja­nine Sel­lars, fourth.

El­iz­a­beth Hicks de­liv­ers her award-win­ning speech on geno­cide be­fore an au­di­ence of about 50 guests at the Vic­to­ria Com­mu­nity Cen­tre on Feb. 27.

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