EMCS student places third in speaking competition

Studnet wins $500 scholarship for her well-spoken efforts

Kayla Curtis

A few weeks ago, we introduced Sooke News Mirror readers to Kayla Curtis, a Grade 11 student at EMCS (“EMCS student represents Sooke” April 16, 2014).

Kayla was attempting to do what many people fear more than death: she would compete in the finals of a Public Speaking Contest sponsored by the Rotary Club of Royal Oak Centennial.

The finals, in which six students from school districts 61, 62 and 63 competed, took place on May 7.

We’re pleased to announce that Kayla won third place, and received a $500 scholarship. As announced on the superintendent’s website, Kayla won “for her eloquent speech on the topic of violence in the media and its impact on society. She had stiff competition as all six finalists did a great job of their presentations at Spectrum Secondary.”

As we reported earlier, Kayla won her place in the finals through a presentation on why university tuition in Canada should be free, highlighting other countries like Finland where tuition fees have been abolished.

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