THE Rotary Club of West Cagayan de Oro (RC West CDO) conducted an impromptu speaking competition last October 6 with Priyanka Jainani of Corpus Christi School as the winner. This event is a club-level competition and part of the Voice of Our Youth (VOY) 11th National Impromptu-Speaking Competition 2010-2011 sponsored and coordinated by all Rotary Districts in the Philippines.

The topic chosen on the spot by the board of judges was “Should sex education be taught in schools?” Each contestant was given 15 minutes to prepare and develop their speech on this topic and each was given five minutes for their speech.

At the club level, a total of four contestants joined, representing their respective schools: Sarah Mae Namoc, St. Mary’s School; Abdullad Sultan, Pedro “Oloy” N. Roa High School; Atezzia Anthonette Leonor, Angeles Sisters National High School; and Jainani. Namoc was chosen as runner-up.

The board of judges was composed of RC West past presidents, chaired by PP Arsenio Sebastian, together with PP Adrian Pabayo, PP Modesto Babaylan and this writer. In the announcement of winners, President Ferdinand Espiritu also thanked Rotarians Elena Orpilla, Del Gaylo, Ann Medes, Liezl Deloso and Janet Magracia in organizing and helping in the club competition.

Jainani will be sponsored by the RC West CDO to the preliminaries of Rotary District 3870. The VOY is a national impromptu-speaking competition held every two years for high school students ages 14 to 18 years old. Winners of the ten Rotary Districts are awarded trophy and cash prize of P15,000 plus trip and accommodation expenses to the national competition in Manila.

Top photo shows the winner, Priyanka Jainani of Corpus Christi School. Second photo shows the rest of the contestants with Jainani second from right (from left) Brenda Galarpe, coach of the Pedro “Oloy” N. Roa High School; Abdullad M. Sultan, contestant, Pedro “Oloy” N. Roa High School; Rosalinda Tantiado, coach, Angeles Sisters National High School; Atezzia Anthonette Leonor, contestant, Angeles Sisters National High School; Sarah Mae Namoc, contestant, St. Mary’s School; Ma. Paula Frednika Neri, coach, St, Mary’s School; and Jainani’s coach Joseph Moral, coach, Corpus Christi School. Photo provided by netnet camomot, rotary international district 3870

article by Eileen San Juan

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