Saturday, April 13, 2024

QC wins speech contest


Share post:

TOP PRIZE WINNER Khaleel Kothdiwala (centre) of Queen’s College, second-placed Alexandria Harper (third right) of The Lodge School, and Combermere’s Zahra Trotman, who was third, with teachers and US Embassy officials. (PR)

QUEEN’S COLLEGE (QC) walked away with the top prize in the recent United States Embassy-organised Black History Month Secondary Schools Speech Competition.

Twelve schools took part in the contest, which saw students delivering outstanding speeches on a variety of topics on issues surrounding race, and African American culture and history.

QC fifth-former Khaleel Kothdiwala took the top prize with his speech discussing whether literary classics containing racist tones and/ or racially offensive language should be removed from schools’ reading lists.

Second place went to Lodge School fifth-former Alexandria Harper, while Combermere fourth-former Zahra Trotman placed third.

Top prize

The top prize was an HP all-in-one computer. The top three students and supervising teachers received a prize package that included a trophy, laptops, electronic tablets, Bluetooth speakers, and selected books on public speaking and great speeches in American and world history.

A panel comprising US Embassy officials judged the competitors, who also included students from Springer Memorial School, The St Michael School, Princess Margaret, Christ Church Foundation, Deighton Griffith School, Coleridge & Parry, Alleyne, The Ellerslie School and Harrison College.

In opening remarks, Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy to Barbados, Joaquin Monserrate, gave the students some insight into the origins of Black History Month. He noted that speech and debate made up a vital part of America’s cultural fabric, and highlighted the impressive legacy of powerful black orators in the US.

The contest supported the US Embassy’s goal of promoting education as a driver of sustainable economic growth, and as a means to foster innovation and empower the youth.



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related articles

New route for Grand Kadooment

Masqueraders will be parading on a new route on Grand Kadooment day. That was announced during the Crop Over...

Gastro on the rise while dengue cases drop

Dengue fever cases continue to decline but the numbers are still above the outbreak threshold. In its most recent...

IMF managing director selected for second term

WASHINGTON - The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) executive board on Friday selected Bulgarian economist Kristalina Georgieva to serve...

RiRi reveals fantasy plastic surgery

Rihanna revealed the “fantasy” plastic surgery procedure that she’s tempted to have done during a recent interview. The 36-year-old...