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JC Elocution Contest grooms boys

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Jerome Mattis, winner of the Jamaica College's third round Elocution Contest, accepts his prize from Jimmy Moss-Solomon (right) following the competition, held on the school grounds last Thursday.

ALISTAIR NARCISSE, coordinator of Jamaica College's Elocution Contest has said he has high hopes for the programme, which is expanding and giving boys the opportunity to express themselves.

The third round of the contest took place last Thursday at the Old-Hope Road campus. The purpose of the programme is to teach the boys the finer arts of public speaking and how to apply protocols.

Cash prizes have been donated for each round of the contest by Old Boys of Jamaica College.

"The elocution contest is designed for a number of things, firstly to be able to have our young men go into business and into job opportunities and be able to express themselves properly, use proper English and also proper words," Narcisse told The Gleaner.

He said such skills are critical to the development of a young man and have a strong impact in situations such as how to address a job interview.

Keeps getting better

"The competition keeps getting better, it's in its infancy stage, of course, and we only had three competitions for the year, so far. In the first term, we had four boys entering, the second, 10 boys, and now it has reached 20. I really think they enjoy it immensely as they get the opportunity to express," Narcisse said.

"We are expanding the programme through the school. The headmaster has asked if we can start as early as third. I am not sure if we can do that yet, as you have to creep before you can call as the saying goes, but we certainly can try. After this sixth form group, we can try a next group and maybe, the fourth formers after that," he added.

The winner of the third round was 18-year-old Jerome Mattis. He is currently in upper-sixth form and intends to study medicine at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, in August.

"I feel very ecstatic having won this competition. I was very nervous up until they announced the winner. This programme has helped me in many ways, as I am a shy guy, by nature, so this competition was a chance for me to break that habit and expose myself to certain things," Mattis told The Gleaner.

"Public speaking is very important because at a mature age and adulthood, we need to go out and speak diligently to people and crowds, if we do that then we will less likely make fools of ourselves during conversations," he added.