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The Grand Finale of Young Speaker 2014

The Grand Finale of Sri Lanka’s first ever oratory contest, ‘Young Speaker 2014’ organized by Adventus Education, in collaboration with British School of Colombo was held at The Kingsbury on 27th March 2014.

The dignitaries were presented with garlands by the students of the British School in Colombo and were ushered in with a traditional procession of drums, and then the lighting of the oil lamp took place. The principal of the British School in Colombo: Dr. John Scarth delivered the welcome speech, highlighting the necessity for young people to engage in extracurricular activities in addition to academic education as they are going to be the future leaders.

His Excellency Mr. John Rankin, the British High Commissioner, Sri Lanka graced the occasion, with his presence as the Chief Guest of Honor and he addressed the gathering about how speech is a key part of his job – the exchanging of ideas – and how the power of spoken words has remained as important as it ever was. He also said that he spies future diplomats among the contestants.

The eminent panel of judges was chaired by the former Vice Chancellor of University of Colombo, Prof. Savitri Goonesekere. The judges then delivered their thoughts on the overall performance of the young speakers and expressed the need to focus on grammar, enunciation and avoiding repetition. Overall however, they said that the contestants produced vibrant and eloquent speeches.

The champion/winner, Keshya Amarasingha of Colombo International School walked away with a return air-ticket from Sri Lankan Airlines and a cash prize worth of Rs.100,000 from the 6 competitive finalists. The young orator’s prompt speech was on ‘The Illuminati: a credible reality or a conspiracy theory?’ which received a standing ovation from the audience.

Anish Fonseka of Gateway College Colombo was the 1st runner up , who walked away with a cash prize worth of Rs.50,000 and Dahami Fonseka of Lyceum International School received a Rs.25,000 cash prize as the second runner’s up. Their speeches in the prepared speech round were on ‘Giving speeches is outdated, blogging is the future’ and ‘No country has the right to tell another country what to do’ respectively.

Anish Fonseka of Gateway College Colombo was the 1st runner up , who walked away with a cash prize worth of Rs.50,000 and Dahami Fonseka of Lyceum International School received a Rs.25,000 cash prize as the second runner’s up. Their speeches in the prepared speech round were on ‘Giving speeches is outdated, blogging is the future’ and ‘No country has the right to tell another country what to do’ respectively.

The event was concluded with the CEO of Adventus Education Chris Price delivering the vote of thanks. He conveyed his sincere thanks to the international university sponsors of Adventus Education: Glasgow University, Leeds Trinity University, Southern New Hampshire University and Durham College and also to Sri Lankan Airlines and Sunday Times, Daily Mirror for contributing to Young Speaker 2014 as the official airline and official print media respectively.

As a successful and a well-organized event, Adventus Education in collaboration with the British School in Colombo prepares from today to organize the oratory contest for Young Speaker 2015, thus, excited to announce that registrations will be open to selected local schools too. Don’t miss out a golden opportunity to showcase your students’ oratory skills. Speak to Anurangi Jayathilake on 0777 991 899 for more registrations and details on Young Speaker 2015 today!

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