High schools gearing for victory at the Rita Marley Foundation's Public Speaking Competition

Students from high schools across the island are in full preparation mode ahead of the third staging of the Rita Marley Foundation’s Public Speaking Competition.

The event, being held on February 17 at the University of the West Indies, Mona, is presented in collaboration with Stephen Marley’s Ghetto Youths Foundation – and organised as part of celebrations for Bob Marley’s 72nd birthday.

The Public Speaking Competition seeks to develop eloquent orators who could represent Jamaica at any forum.

Reigning champion, Bobby Francis of York Castle High School is ready to defend his title.

An impressive line-up of contenders look forward to victory. Glenmuir High’s Gillian Williams; William Knibb Memorial High’s Zoe Ann Edwards; Haile Selassie High’s Mario Smith; Wolmers’ Girls High’s Danielle Mathews; Jamaica College’s Rolando Alberts; Marcus Garvey Technical High’s Dennar Johnson; Papine High’s Dravid Reid; Wolmers’ Boys High’s Oshnel Bryan; and Excelsior High’s Aisha Downer.

The competition has two segments. During the first, students will speak on the topic, selected by Rita Marley, ’What is Jamaica’s Greatest Contribution to the World?’ 

The best three will move on to the final round. An impromptu topic issued, with 30 minutes preparation time and six minutes for delivery.

A noble judging panel will assess speeches and determine the overall winner.

Participants are guaranteed amazing prizes. Including a substantial book grant for the winner.

Rosemary Duncan manager at the Rita Marley Foundation said, “The foundation is sincerely thankful to all sponsors. Those who consistently contribute since the event’s inception and others that have enthusiastically come on board this year.”

She went on to extend immeasurable thanks to the main sponsor Ghetto Youths Foundation, Spanish Court Hotel, Wisynco Group (WATA & Tru Juice), Suzie’s Bakery, Stationery & Computer Supplies (STATCOM), Devon House, Viking Productions, Tastee Ltd, Caribbean Cream (Kremi) and Loop Jamaica.

Rita Marley will also honour Jamaican musical giant, Ashley ‘Grubs’ Cooper for his contributions to Jamaica’s musical heritage. Loop Jamaica will provide live streaming of the event.

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