If you ask people what their biggest fear is, most would respond with public speaking. The dreaded class presentation or speech has always struck fear into students and is a scary prospect at the best of times. Three Centennial Students chose to face their fears in a competition which pitted them against some well-trained and confident college students.
They competed in the Voices Speech Competition at the Great Hall on April 28. The competition was organized by students for students from Centennial, George Brown and Seneca Colleges with the hope to voice their visions of the future and gain public speaking experience.
The judges included Bruce Hunt, President of the Downtown Toronto Toastmasters Club, Jeff Douglas, famous for his Molson Canadian “I am Canadian” speech, authour, International Facilitator and keynote speaker Nancy Milton and David Lavin founder of the Lavin Agency Speakers Bureau.
Centennial was represented by Business Marketing students Josh Onate, Baffour Agyen and Dayana Rebolledo. They were last-minute additions to the team after the original members could not participate and did an admirable job in a tightly contested competition.
Rebolledo, who is from Venezuela, said this was her first speaking competition in English but showed no signs of inexperience in her speech against capital punishment.
The overall and creative winners were Rebecca Chevalier and Aisha Farah from George Brown and the people’s choice winner was Kristen Ferkranus from Seneca.
Although Centennial’s students didn’t win any of the top three prizes, they spoke with passion and clarity and should be commended for their efforts.