Brownsdale student wins public speaking competition

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Brownsdale’s Gavin Thorne captured first place at the Lion’s Club junior high public speaking competition held at Baccalieu Collegiate in Old Perlican on March 20.

Baccalieu Collegiate in Old Perlican held its junior high public speaking competition, sponsored by the Lions's Club, on March 20. Brownsdale's Gavin Thorne (centre) captured first place, with Morgan Oliver (left) named second and Dawn Oliver (second from right) picking up third place. Public speaking teacher Joan Kelly is shown in the picture with winners.

By Laura Griffin

Special to the Compass

Gavin was one of 12 participants from grades seven to nine to take part in an event that has traditionally been very competitive and has been showcase for some of the best and brightest in the area.

Gavin’s topic was on the Resettlement of the Little Bay Island.

His performance was enough to garner him the victory over a tough field, that also included students Dawn Oliver, (whose topic was my brother) and Morgan Oliver, (The influence of the Internet.)

Dawn Oliver was runner up, while Morgan Oliver rounded out the top-three.

The differences in scores was very small, said one of the judges.

“Looking forward to hearing your speeches in senior high school speak offs,” said another.

Other speakers included: Carissa Pike, Matthew Kelly, Morgan Hyde, Cameron Ivany, Emily Power, Zachary Power, Nicole Pike, Makayla Wells and Olivia Doyle.

Geographic location: Little Bay Island

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