The 5th Edition of the Speaker of the Year Contest took place on Monday, 23 September, 2019 at the main campus of the school. The thrilling contest delivered on its promise to entertain, to inform, to educate and to inspire. Thus, the task of dissecting Africa’s developmental challenges in hope of identifying the source was ably carried out. In the end, almost everyone, from MC to audience, had something to take away from the experience. The Language and Literature Department and the Debate Society express their profound gratitude to management for the support, the judges for coming from far and near to help select a deserving winner, and to our speakers for taking up such a daunting task. We are also grateful to our kitchen staff, cleaners and our students for their different roles in ensuring the success of the event.
The following are some thoughts that were shared by students:
‘This was my first time participating in the Speaker of the Year Contest, and even though I didn’t win, it was an amazing experience. It built up my public speaking skills and helped me overcome my stage fright. I was also challenged to get out of my comfort zone. I am planning on participating again next year as an opportunity like this is too good to pass up.’ ~Charlene Noye
‘This was my first time competing in an event of this nature, and I must say it was an edifying experience. Even though the run up to the contest was quite stressful, and I had trouble with my prepared speech in round one, I was able to bounce back, and went on to third place. I am grateful to members of the Debate Society, especially Eddy and Adoma, for all the help and encouragement.’ ~Adeline Adjei
‘From this Speaker of the Year 2019, I learnt so many crazy details about myself:
1. I can stand before people on stage without fear or trembling (maybe just a little) and speak about things that matter.
2. I should never stop growing and developing my skills, I might just surprise myself.
3. Being prepared can save you the trouble of stress and messing up.
I took part in last year’s Speaker of the Year and came 4th, and then I took part in this year’s as the MC. These experiences have made me a risk-taker and challenged me to do better andbe better.’ ~Naa Adjeley Anang-la