Rita Marley Foundation Public Speaking competition set for February 17

January 13, 2017
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Rosemary Duncan (left), Rita Marley Foundation manager and Nastacia Linton, first place winner of last year's public speaking competition.

The Rita Marley Foundation (JA) is gearing up to host its third annual public speaking competition.

The competition will be held on February 17 at the University of the West Indies, Mona, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will be presented in collaboration with Stephen Marley?s Ghetto Youths Foundation as part of the 72nd birthday celebrations of the late Bob Marley.

Reigning champion Bobby Francis of York Castle High School is set to defend his title as he goes up against competitors from Glenmuir High School, William Knibb Memorial, Haile Selassie, Wolmer's (Boys' and Girls' schools), Jamaica College, Marcus Garvey Technical High, Excelsior High and Papine High.

The competition will have two segments. During the first, students will address the topic: - What is Jamaica's greatest contribution to the world? - The topic was selected by Dr Rita Marley. The best three speakers will move on to the final round, where an impromptu topic will be given.

The finalists will get 30 minutes preparation time and six minutes for delivery. The public speaking competition, according to the foundation, seeks to develop eloquent orators who could represent Jamaica at any forum.

There will be prizes for all the participants. In addition to the prizes for participation, the winner is expected to receive a substantial book grant.

Rosemary Duncan, manager at the Rita Marley Foundation (JA), expressed satisfaction with the competition over the years and thanked the event?s sponsors for their annual support.

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