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The Claudette Upton Keeley Public Speaking Contest

Published on Thursday, December 24, 2009 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Simone Tatum

The Lions Club of Cayman Brac launched the Claudette Upton-Keeley Public Speaking contest on Thursday, 22 October at the Cayman Brac High School Hall. Sixteen eager participants attended and to chose their topics as they competed for some enviable top prizes during the contest.

It was a successful competition, especially for the seven contestants in the Primary School division and also the eight who participated in the High School division. The purpose of the contest was aimed at developing research, writing and speaking skills and provided the opportunity for young students to build their self-confidence.

The Lions Club believes that public speaking is an important skill that almost all professions will require, and therefore it should be trained. Participants ably presented their arguments to a panel of judges who in the end, questioned their knowledge and insight into the arguments they presented. The participating students all vied for prizes of laptops, iPods, digital cameras and trophies.

It was a difficult task for the judges to decide on the winners, but eventually they identified three from each division. In the primary division, Katherine Tatum won the first place, followed by second place winner Logan Keyser and third place winner Dimitri Christian. In the High school division the first place prize went to Anitha Velusamy, Nayo Swan won the second place and Leshontae Missick took home the third place.

Other participants in the Primary School division were Alex Flores, Mikayla Mitchell, Amanda Frederick and Elton Martin. Anthony Rivers, Jacob Scott, Venkatta Batta, Joel Gayle and Luciano Lazzari also participated in the High School division.

“It was a great evening and we look forward to next year’s contest as we continue with the development of literacy among our youth. Congratulations to all those who participated and special congratulations to the winners,” said Lion Yvette Gayle. “We are truly appreciative of Sagicor Life and Sagicor General Insurance for their sponsorship of the contest. The Lions Club of Cayman Brac also thanks the sponsors Brac Insurance Ltd., Moses and Kathy Kirkconnell and the Hon Julianna O’Connor-Connolly for their generous support.”

The contest was divided into two divisions. The Primary School Division was held on Wednesday, 18 November and the High School Division on Thursday, 19 November.
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