|ROYAL WEST STUDENTS TAKE TOP HONORS AT EMSB PUBLIC SPEAKING CONTEST|
MONTREAL, MAY 10, 2001— Two students from Royal West Academy took top honors at the annual English Montreal School Board (EMSB) Secondary Level Public Speaking Contest. The event was held on May 10 at the Montreal headquarters of CBC on René-Levesque Boulevard West.
Students spoke for about three minutes each. They were judged by grade level. The Women’s Club of Montreal presented the winner of the Secondary IV level, Royal West’s Akil Alleyne, with a scholarship to Encounters with Canada, a seven-day seminar held at the Terry Fox Canadian Youth Centre in Ottawa which explores the country’s governmental, judicial and cultural institutions. Alleyne’s presentation dealt with Canadian nationhood. Natasha Reid of Wagar High School in Côte Saint-Luc and Alexandra Cabelli of Westmount High School finished second and third respectively, talking about human rights and the rain forest.
Meanwhile, the first and second place EMSB finishers at the Secondary V level will qualify for the Rotary Club of Montreal final on May 15 at the Best Western Hotel on Peel Street, which will also feature students from representative boards across the province. Royal West’s Aditya Ahlawat ranked first for his presentation about cloning. Reetash Patel from Wagar was second, focusing on media influence while Yael Wittes of Westmount High was third and addressed the topic of euthanasia.
Nancy Wood, host of CBC Radio Noon, served as the moderator. She taped the presentations and intends to air portions of them on her show.
Michael J. Cohen