Grade 5 student’s speech on ‘Weird World Records’ wins at St. Mary’s in Chesterville

St. Mary Catholic School Principal Nancy Prest with the top three finishers in the public speaking competition at the school (from left): Alex Miller, Reid Rankin and Ava Bradley. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

CHESTERVILLE — His animated speech on ‘Weird World Records’ judged best overall, Grade 5 student Alex Miller topped a field of eight competitors  at St. Mary’s Catholic School’s annual public speaking contest yesterday, May 9.

In explaining how Humpty Dumpty was actually a cannon, not an egg, Miller’s classmate Reid Rankin captured second place with the topic of ‘Nursery Rhymes.’

Honourable mention went to Grade 6 student Ava Bradley, who spoke on the subject of ‘Laughter.’

Staff organizer of the event Karen McAdam thanked the participants for their “perseverance,” adding, “and you have really made St. Mary’s proud of you.”

The top finishers are headed next month to the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario’s regional public speaking competition at St. Jude’s in Vankleek Hill.

Also speaking in the St. Mary’s gymnasium were Dylan Arial (topic: Mustard); Alice van Kessel (insomnia); Evelyn Nizman (football); Shaelah Smith (rainbows); and Maria Thompson (crayons). They represented the best of the grades 4 through 6 classes, as selected by their peers.

All eight competitors, from left: Marian Thompson, Shaelah Smith, Reid Rankin, Evelyn Nizman, Ava Bradley, Alice van Kessel, Alex Miller and Dylan Arial.
Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News


Flashback: Guy tops 2018 public speaking competition at St. Mary’s

Jacob Guy and Ava Bradley placed in respective first and second place at last year’s (2018) public speaking competition at St. Mary’s. They went on to regionals where Guy ultimately placed third at that level. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

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