You are here

News: Monday, May 1st, 2017

Students shine in public speaking competition

Talented orators were in evidence at the recent annual Abbotsford School District Public Speaking Finals Competition. A total of 40 Abbotsford students participated over two days in late April, giving their speeches in front of an audience comprised of family, teachers, friends, administrators, professors, and other students.

Leading up to the finals, students in 17 separate elementary and middle schools from grades 5-8 first presented their speech in their classrooms. After the classroom presentations, a number of students were then chosen to move on to a semi-final event within their own school and from there participating schools each chose one finalist per grade to move on to the District Finals.

Students in the final competition presented original speeches on a variety of topics, ranging from: “The One That Got Away” to “Circular Economics” and “Beautiful Mutations” to “Why You Should Start a YouTube Channel”. The students presented speeches to a panel of judges that included UFV professors and advisors, current and retired administrators, and district helping teachers. Awards were given out to the top three in each grade level as follows (Note: only student first names included)

Grade 5

  • 1st South Poplar Elementary: Sunil, “The One That Got Away”
  • 2nd Jackson Elementary: Katie, "What It Was Like 100 Years Ago"
  • 3rd Terry Fox Elementary: Eilin, "If I Could Have Time Travel”

Grade 6

  • 1st Clayburn Middle: Aiden, “Why You Should Start a YouTubeChannel”
  • 2nd ASIA Sumas Mountain: Lauren, "Being Yourself"
  • 3rd Upper Sumas Elementary: Anika, "Progeria"

Grade 7

  • 1st Chief Dan George Middle: Alexandra, “Music, Then and Now”
  • 2nd Colleen & Gordie Howe Middle: Jonathan, "Personal Persona"
  • 3rd Clayburn Middle: Spencer, "How Children Teach Adults"

Grade 8

  • 1st Clayburn Middle: Noah, “The Down Sides of Fitting In”
  • 2nd Abbotsford Middle: Aisha, "Beautiful Mutations"
  • 3rd Colleen & Gordie Howe Middle: Armaan, "Circular Economics"