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10 students in Marley contest

Published:Thursday | January 14, 2016 | 12:00 AM
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As the celebrations to mark the 71st birthday of the late reggae icon Bob Marley get under way, the Rita Marley Foundation is gearing up to host the second installation in its annual public-speaking competition.

Details of this year's staging of the contest were announced at the Bob Marley Museum, 56 Hope Road, St Andrew, on Tuesday evening.

The 2016 competition will see 10 students from as many high schools across the island vying for the Rita Marley Foundation Trophy of Excellence in Public Speaking on February 12, about a week after Marley's 71st birthday on February 6. For the first round of the competition, each student will present his take on the topic 'Women Are the Foundation and Driving Force for Success'. Some students will deliver speeches in favour of the topic, while others will present opposing arguments.

The students set to participate are Glenmuir High School's Xaundre Mohansingh, William Knibb's Nastacia Linton, Denham Town High School's Audrene Edwards, Wolmer's Trust High School for Girls' Jewel Hogarth, York Castle High's Bobby Francis, Shiyan Barnett from Wolmer's Boys, O'jae Akeem Adlam from Papine High, Kevughn McAdam from Jamaica College, Toni-Ann Brady from Marcus Garvey Technical High School, and one participant from Haile Selassie High School.

Immediately following the first round, the top three students will be selected to move on to the final round, to be held on the same day. Finalists will be issued an impromptu topic and will have 30 minutes to prepare a speech to be delivered before the judges and the audience. At the end of the round, the judges will select a winner and prizes will be awarded to all three finalists.

The debate will be held at the University of the West Indies Mona, Main Library's Multifunctional Room on February 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The competition is sponsored by Tastee Jamaica, The Spanish Court Hotel, Tru-Juice, WATA, and Pepsi-Cola Jamaica.