Secondary Schools across St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be participating in the 2017 preliminaries of the Lions Club St. Vincent South National Secondary Schools Public Speaking Competition.

The Zonal Preliminaries are scheduled to begin tomorrow October 3 and run until Friday October 6, 2017 at Frenches House in Kingstown.

The Public Speaking Competition which began in 1996, is part of the Club’s youth outreach programme and aims to foster healthy public debate among the nation’s youth. It also affords them an opportunity to improve and enhance their oratory skills in a keenly contested environment.

According to Chairperson of the Public Speaking Committee, Immediate Past President Lion Dr. Jose Davy, ‘the competition over the past years has taught students how to better communicate with other persons, which is a talent that will always be in demand”.

Students in Zone One will debate the topic – “The quest for money and material things has led to a moral decline in our society.”

Schools in Zone One are St. Vincent Girls High School, Bishops College Kingstown, St. Joseph’s Convent, Kingstown, Dr. J. P Eustace Memorial Secondary, St. Clair Deacon Secondary, Union Island Secondary and Emmanuel High School Mesopotamia.

The Zonal preliminaries will begin at 1:30pm daily.

The top six public speakers will be selected to go on to represent their schools in the finals of the Competition, scheduled for Wednesday October 25 at the Methodist Church Hall in Kingstown.

The 2017 Lions Club South Public Speaking Competition is again being sponsored by Flow.

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