Young speakers test mettle

The Optimist Club of George Town
held its second annual Oratorical Contest at the Harquail Theatre on 20 March. 

The event was a success with
exciting orations from students, performances from George Town Primary School dancers
and musical entertainment by Michelle T and Andre`.

The speaking contest followed up an
essay contest held earlier, both of which encouraged students to research and
provide their opinions on the topics internet and cyber communication. 

Eighteen contestants participated
in the event. The first place boy and girl winners were Joel Gayle, 12, of
Cayman Brac High School and Nayo Swan, 11, of Leading Edge School in Grand
Cayman. 

Other winners were:                                                   

2nd Place Boy – Venkata Batta, 12,
of Cayman Brac High School

2nd Place Girl – Anitha Velusamy, 11,
of Cayman Brac High School

 3rd Place Boy – David Lee,
12, of Leading Edge School

3rd Place Girl – Sydonie Barrett, 14,
of St. Ignatius.

All first, second and third place
winners received scholarship cash prizes totaling US$2000.00

Both first place winners will
represent the Cayman Islands at the District level contest in Jamaica and
compete with their peers from Jamaica, Antigua, Barbados, St. Kitts, Monserrat,
Dominica, Trinidad, Grand Cayman, St. Lucia and Anguilla.

The district winners will receive
prizes and plaques valued over US$5,000.

 “The Oratorical Contest
provides inestimable value in building confidence, self esteem and the communications
skill of our youth,” said Optimist Club President Elaine Harris.

“Effective communications is an
essential part of their success in life.”

The cash scholarship prizes were
presented to the winners at the Optimist Club meeting the following week.

The Club followed up these events
with an Internet safety programme at the Red Bay Primary School – Mary
Miller Hall on 17 April. 

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Ms Harris presents First Place winner Nayo Swan with her award.
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