Heather Blake of Holy Spirit High wins regional speaking competition

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Eight speakers took part in event at Carbonear Collegiate

Carbonear Collegiate hosted the NL English School District's eastern regional public speaking competition on Tuesday, May 27, with eight competitors — four females and four males — vying for top spot.

Heather Blake (foreground) of Holy Spirit High in Conception Bay South is this year's winner of the eastern regional public speaking competition.

The opportunity was available for high school students on the Avalon, Burin and Bonavista peninsulas.

Each student spoke between four and six minutes on a topic of their choice, and then answered two unscripted questions from judges John Way, a senior education officer with the district, and Terry Roberts, a regional editor with TC Media.

The eventual winner was Heather Blake (foreground), a Level I student at Holy Spirit High in Conception Bay South, who spoke about the importance of immunizing children.

Other contestants included, from left, Rachel Coombs, Level I, Stella Maris Academy, Trepassey (Academic stress); Courtney Harnum, Level III, O'Donel High, Mount Pearl (Females and education); Riley Balsom, Level III, Carbonear Collegiate (The leadership of the PC government); Zachary LeShane, Level II, Baccalieu Collegiate, Old Perlican (Can the media manipulate our viewpoint?); Nathaniel Wells, Level II, Carbonear Collegiate (Organ donation); Naomi Russell, Level I, St. Michael's High, Bell Island (The benefits of travel); and Patrick Pearson, Level I, Laval High, Placentia (Organ donation).

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