Anitha Velusamy of Cayman Brac High
School won the Optimist Club of George Town’s recent oratorical contest and
will represent the Cayman Islands on the district level in Jamaica next month.
This year’s topic was: If I were
leader of the free world, the first issue I would address would be…”
The contest, which was open to
students up to age 19, is one of many programmes that Optimist International
offers for youth.
“We are extremely proud of all the
oratorical participants, the courage that it took for them to enter the contest
… the convictions and eloquence with which they shared their opinions was
truly impressive,” said Optimist Club President Elaine Harris.
“It was quite interesting to hear
each student’s opinion on the issues that they felt strongly about which
included world hunger, stem cell research, child labour exploitation and
trafficking, animal cruelty, poverty and more.” More than $150,000 in college
scholarships funded by the Optimist International Foundations is awarded
annually from this programme. Nearly 2,000 clubs worldwide participate in the
contest each year.
Judges for the local contest were
Mary Lawrence, speaker of the House; Stephanie Fullerton-Cooper, a UCCI
lecturer; and Colin Wilson, playwright, producer and businessman.
Each contestant was presented with
a certificate of participation, and the top three contestants received monetary
prizes and medallions.
First place: Anitha Velusamy of Cayman
Brac High School was awarded US$500.
Second place: Samuel Burnstein of Cayman
Prep and High School received US$350.
Third place: Julian Solomon of Cayman
Prep and High School received US$150.
The Optimist Club expressed its
thanks to all of the sponsors and supporters who helped make the event