May 24, 2011
King wins Young Democrats Public Speaking Competition

Laverne King of the Southern Grenadines is the winner of the Young Democrats Public Speaking Competition.{{more}}

The final of the competition, which was held at Democrat House on Saturday, May 14, 2010, involved eight participants. They were: Leslie Bascombe of West St. George; Attica Franklyn of North Leeward; Trishiel Gabriel of Central Leeward; Shanille Howe of the Northern Grenadines; Laverne King of the Southern Grenadines; Allan Leach of the Northern Grenadines; Johnny Noel of North Central Windward; and Lexie Selmon of Central Kingstown.

A release from the New Democratic Party said that Democrat House was filled to capacity with the Leadership, Executive and Parliamentarians of the New Democratic Party, as well as members of the general public.

Senators Vynnette Frederick and Anesia Baptiste presented each competitor with certificates and medals of participation.

After three rounds of keen competition, Trishiel Gabriel received the award for the Best Main Speech; Attica Franklyn for the Best Selected Topic Speech, and Leslie Bascombe for the Best Impromptu Speech.

King, who was the overall winner, received the 1st place champion trophy and prize of a Digital Camera, and $200.00 cash donated by Norrell Hull.

In second place was Trishiel Gabriel, who received the 2nd place trophy and a prize of an I-POD. The 3rd place trophy and prize of an 8GB thumb drive was awarded to Shanile Howe.

“Eustace beamed with pride while declaring that the future of the NDP was safe,” the release from the NDP said.

President of the Young Democrats Nick Francis was the chairman of the evening and also made a special presentation to Mira Commissiong for her “excellent work in helping to organise the event”.

Francis indicated that it is the intention of the NDP to make this an annual competition.