Public Speaking Provincials

Monday, December 24, 2018 - By: Amelia H, Allard '20

Sitting in a small Greek restaurant in West Vancouver, with a group of six high school students, I realized how widespread the popularity of Debate and Public Speaking has spread. As we ate our hummus and pita, the waitress asked us what had brought us there. We told her about how we were in Vancouver for public speaking provincials. We expected a slightly disinterested reaction, when she realized we weren’t there to win some intense sporting event. Much to our surprise however, she responded by saying her nephew was at that same event. Now, whether that is just some serendipitous coincidence, or a testament to the exponential rise of Debate and Public Speaking, I’ll never know, but I’d like to think that it was the latter; especially considering how beneficial speech and debate is for students. 

Over the weekend, the six of us competed in a range of public speaking categories, including debate, impromptu speaking, persuasive speaking, and either interpretive reading or solo acting. From Emma M’s monologue from the perspective of a Brooklyn bag lady, to Lucinda G's persuasive speech on why confirmation bias is beneficial, we certainly covered a range of topics. At the end of the second day, we were proud to have three Brentwood finalists. Didi O and Emma made finals for their monologues in solo acting, and Lucinda competed in the impromptu speaking finals. At the end of the day, Didi and Emma came second and first, respectively, an accomplishment which was both exciting and well deserved. 

That being said, the weekend was equally as fun as it was productive, and I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all those who made this trip possible, especially our coaches, Mr. Bryant and Ms. Steele-MacInnis. 

Amelia H, Allard ‘20

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