A Grade 9 student who delivered a passionate and poignant speech about the value of education has won a speaking contest in Bay Roberts.
© Photo by Terry Roberts
Danita Vokey (centre) was judged the winner of the annual public speaking competition at Amalgamated Academy in Bay Roberts on Wednesday, Oct. 16. She is shown here with third place Jenna Ryan (left) and Hannah Tuck, who finished second.
A Grade 9 student who delivered a passionate and poignant speech about the value of education and the challenges some young people face topped a field of very talented young leaders during a competition in Bay Roberts on Oct. 16.
Danita Vokey was this year’s winner of the public speaking competition at Amalgamated Academy. She was one of 10 contestants who took to the podium to speak on this year’s Education Week theme of “Rooted in Education, Growing for the Future.”
In a speech that got stronger throughout, Vokey reminded the parents and family members in attendance that “Canadians are very privileged” when compared to some other nations.
Fellow Grade 9 student Hannah Tuck placed second, while Grade 7 contestant Jenna Ryan finished third.
Vokey and Tuck will represent the school at a public speaking event hosted by the Bay Roberts Lions Club on the evening of Thursday, Oct. 24
The event was judged by Compass editor Terry Roberts and Tracy O’Brien, a real estate agent in the region.
Other contestants included Phoebe Wilkins, Naomi Daireaux, Robyn Parsons, Kaitlin Tobin, Nicolas Deering, Julia Vokey and Kailee Clarke.
Judges and organizers heaped praise on the contestants for their speaking ability, and the solid research and strong writing that characterized their speeches.
Judges also stressed the difficulty in selecting a top-three, noting that the margin separating the speakers was “razor thin.”