Luis Garcia came out on top competing alongside five other students representing schools in the Trinity-Conception area at the regional speak off event for Dalton Assembly, held March 26 in Harbour Grace.
Garcia, a Level II student at the Bay Roberts high school, delivered a speech about happiness and the true meaning of success. His first place finish allows Garcia to travel to Bishop's Falls for provincials on April 22.
Fellow Level II Ascension student Kaitlyn Tobin placed second with a speech about important values for teens.
Third went to Nicole Pike, a Level I student from Baccalieu Collegiate in Old Perlican. She discussed the importance of the Internet in our day-to-day lives.
Also taking part in the event were Carbonear Collegiate students Emma Mercer and Aileen Pike and Baccalieu Collegiate's Max Hopkins.
Judges for the competition were Ellen Merrigan, Eileen Furlong and Leo Mackey, with Reg O'Neill serving as timekeeper. The judges noted it was a close decision, adding all students were very competitive.