Toastmasters Speech contest winners represent St. Maarten in May

POSTED: 04/17/12 2:25 PM

From left to right – Toastmaster Dwight Carbon, Speech Contest Winner Leopold Merrick, Area Governor Annette Berkel, Table Topic Winner Danaё Daal and Toastmaster Ludmila York-Duncan at the end of Saturday’s speech competition.

St. Maarten – Philipsburg Toastmaster Leopold Merrick and Danaё Daal of the Soualiga Corporate Toastmasters Club are the new winners of the country’s Area Speech and Table Topic Contest. The event was held on Saturday at the PMIA Hall and the winners will go on to represent St. Maarten during the Toastmasters District 81 Conference from May 18 – 20 at the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort.

In his winning delivery, Merrick expounded on “The Art of Life” based on Leonardo Da Vinci’s philosophy of personal development and the use of one’s talent for the fulfillment of life. Second place contestant Dwight Carbon of Achiever’s Toastmasters Club spoke of the importance of effective communication in today’s society.
The Table Topics contest is a session requiring participants to give an impromptu speech on a suggested topic. For the contest, the question posed was “What is the one lesson life has taught you?” Daal explained how life has taught her to never give up and also used examples of how she practices perseverance in daily. Her competitor Ludmila York-Duncan, also of Achievers, said that being a member of the communication club has fulfilled one of her life lessons; following your dreams.
Area 6 Governor Annette Berkel expressed her appreciation to all of the participating clubs, judges and the contest chair for executing “a very good speech contest.” All speeches were powerful, eloquent, relevant and well presented, the organizers said.
Both Merrick and Daal hope to represent the island well as they compete against winners from the various territories for the title of District 81 Speech contest winner.

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