Glenmuir High wins Rita Marley Foundation Public Speaking Competition
Glenmuir High School has won the first annual Rita Marley Foundation Public Speaking Competition.
The event was held earlier this month at the University of the West Indies, Mona, as part of Bob Marley's 70th birthday celebrations.
Rosemary Duncan, manager of the Rita Marley Foundation (JA), said, "It was very appropriate for us to incorporate a public-speaking competition into this year's celebrations, as we honour a legendary musician, artiste and songwriter, who used positive messages and a remarkable voice to enlighten, elevate and emancipate humankind."
Six high schools accepted the Rita Marley Foundation's invitation to participate. They were Glenmuir High School, Denham Town High School, William Knibb Memorial High School, York Castle High School, Wolmer's Girls' High School and Haile Selassie High School. These schools selected their most eloquent and articulate speakers. It was a very impressive competition.
The topic for the first round of the competition was 'A people detached from its motherland can prosper', while the second round was an impromptu topic, 'How would you make Jamaica the greatest and the best country?'.
Xaundre Mohansingh, the student representative for Glenmuir High School, delivered both presentations with superb excellence. He is a masterful speaker whose eloquence and charisma captivated the judges and audience. The packed room erupted with thunderous applause during his presentations.
Mickella Anderson of Wolmer's Girls placed second and N'Jari Chambers of William Knibb Memorial High School was third. Both were forceful and fluent.
The winners received trophies, medals, certificates and cash. The winning speech will be published in the next issue of Harambe, the Rita Marley Foundation's newsletter.
The judges were Dr Kwame Boafo, former regional director of UNESCO; Dr Kadamawe Knife, lecturer at the University of the West Indies; attorney Michael Hylton; and Ms Stephanie Marley, one of the directors at the foundation. She is also the daughter of Bob and Rita Marley.
Several dignitaries attended the historic event, including Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, member of parliament; Femi Olutola, Nigerian High Commission consular; Siphokazi Hermans, South Africa High Commission, third secretary, political; and Mr Rigoberto Zarza, consular at the Cuba Embassy.
The event was sponsored by Tradewinds Citrus (Tru-Juice), WATA, Pepsi-Cola Jamaica Limited, Tastee Jamaica, Spanish Court Hotel and Suzie's Bakery.