St. Maarten academy takes first place in speech competition

POSTED: 03/19/13 12:34 AM

GREAT BAY – The St. Maarten Academy took the two top places of the Sunrise Rotoract Speech Competition which was held at the University of St. Martin on Saturday evening.

Academy student Manaar Mohammed received the rotating plaque for the school, a printer and a trip to the RYLA conference.

The second place winner Kadija McLure of the St. Maarten Academy received a plaque and a DVD player while the third place went to Mohit Nebhwani of the St. Dominic School, who also received a plaque and computer speakers.

President of the Rotoract Club Marcia Henry explained that each year the month of March is observed as literacy month where they decide what could be done to improve the community and the high schools in general.  The organization decided to tackle the Four Way test which is the motto of the Rotary. They wanted to see if the high school students could have taken the test and apply it to their “day to day” experiences. “What we have seen is that the high school students which participated in the competition did a fabulous job,” Henry said.

She noted that during the competition “the students portrayed their maturity in analyzing concepts, something that we did not have when we were their age.  This was highlighted by the students which was something that they wanted to see,” said Henry.

The first place winner Manaar Mohammed said that her success at the competition could be attributed to the constant effort by her parents and her English teacher Yvonne Johns. Mohammed who was very articulate in her presentation said that she along with the second place winner Kadija McLure worked together and motivated each other during their preparation for the competition.


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