Saturday 31 October, 2020

Top orators for Rita Marley Foundation Public Speaking Competition

Rita Marley Foundation Public Speaking Competition winners (from left) Xaundre Mohansingh (2015); Bobby Francis (2016) and Oshnel Bryan (2017).

Rita Marley Foundation Public Speaking Competition winners (from left) Xaundre Mohansingh (2015); Bobby Francis (2016) and Oshnel Bryan (2017).

The Rita Marley Foundation (JA) Public Speaking Competition returns for its 4th staging on February 16 at The University of the West Indies Mona Campus.

Held to celebrate the works of Bob and Rita Marley, the competition seeks to hone oratory and communication skills among youth.

This year, 11 eloquent students will compete for the coveted title. They are:

  • Ardenne High School’s Bryanna Baldie,;
  • Excelsior High School’s Aisha Downer;
  •  Immaculate High School’s Tanisha Francis;
  • York Castle High School’s Joel Lyn;
  •  Jamaica College’s Rolando Alberts;
  •  St Hugh’s High School’s Jamelia Reid;
  •  William Knibb Memorial High School’s Sashae Campbell;
  •  Wolmer’s Boys’ School’s Trevor Fletcher;
  •  Wolmer’s Girls’ School’s Tamoy Campbell;
  •  Marcus Garvey Technical High School’s Rojay Pennant; and
  • Haile Selassie High School’s Tevaughn Nesbeth.

For the first round of the competition, students are asked to share their opinion on the cause of and remedy for the severe weather catastrophes affecting various countries throughout the world.

A renowned judging panel will assess speeches relevance to topic, content, poise, delivery, diction, grammar and adherence to stipulated time. The top three speakers will move forward to the final round to compete for the coveted title, which was won last year by Oshel Bryan of Wolmer’s Boys’ School.

 Bryan was subsequently awarded a full summer scholarship at Yale University, and full a scholarship at United World College, where he is currently pursuing studies.

The Rita Marley Foundation, in a press release, said it wished to express thanks to committed sponsors who contributed to the staging of the event including Spanish Court Hotel, Wisynco Group, 876 Terrace, Stationery & Computer Supplies (STATCOM), Devon House, Viking Productions, Tastee Ltd, Caribbean Cream (Kremi), Royal Rita and Jamaica Information Service.

 

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