Sunday 31 May, 2020

Joel Lyn rises high to win Rita Marley Foundation Public Speaking

Joel Lyn

Joel Lyn

Dimunitive Joel Lyn of York Castle High towered above his rivals in the Rita Marley Foundation Public Speaking competition at the Main Library of the University of the West Indies on Friday to cop the event in a spectacular manner.

After distinguishing himself in the preliminary round, when he opened the floor with an outstanding performance that had his opponents playing catch-up, the relatively smaller Lyn proved in the final that size is not a determinant as he once again outshone his four rivals with a brilliant display.

The 15 minutes that the finalists got to prepare their presentations were minute for Lyn, as his speech on why there should not be an existence of a need for war won the judges' approval, $30,000 for first place, baskets of goodies from Wisynco as well as merchandise from Rita Marley Foundation and Bob Marley Foundation.

Immaculate Conception's Tanisha Francis was second, while Rolando Alberts of Jamaica College and Trevon Fletcher of Wolmer's Boys' School were tied for third. They got Wisynco products and merchandises.

Rita Marley Public Speaking 2018

The all-day event attracted a full house to the Multi-Functional Room in the Main Library, as students and teachers from the nine competing schools, students and lecturers of the University of the West Indies, and representatives of sponsors, enabled the organisers to reach achieve their objective.

According to Rosemary Duncan, manager of the Rita Marley Foundation, the speakers represented their schools and themselves well, in front of the large gathering.

She was glad that the Rita Marley Foundation could assist in helping to get high school students prepares for adulthood by allowing them to practice and get over the fear of speaking in public.

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