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Abbotsford Students Impress At Public Speaking Finals

ABBOTSFORD – Public speaking is one of the most common fears for many people. However, 39 Abbotsford students faced any such fears head-on when they participated in the annual Abbotsford School District Public Speaking Finals Competition recently. The finals were attended by family, teachers, friends, and administrators, with a panel of judges that included trustees, current and retired administrators, and district helping teachers.

Leading up to the finals, students in 18 separate elementary and middle schools from grades 5-8 first presented their speech in their classrooms. After the classroom presentations, a number of students were then chosen to move on to a semi-final event within their own school and from there participating schools each chose one finalist per grade to move on to the District Finals.

Students presented original speeches on a variety of unique topics, ranging from: “Why I Wouldn’t Want to be Famous” and “Mental Illness” to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” and “Differences Between Generations”. The students presented these original speeches to the panel of judges and awards were given out to the top three in each grade level.


Grade 5:

1st: Kai Show, Sandy Hill Elementary (topic: “Screen Time”)

2nd: Connor Friesen, South Poplar Traditional Elementary School (topic: “What it Takes to be a Genius”)

3rd: Ashley de Kroon, Terry Fox Elementary (topic: “Why I Wouldn’t Want to be Famous”)


Grade 6:

1st: Sebastian Ratzlaff, Abbotsford Middle (topic: “Teachers vs. Students”)

2nd: Georgia Kinney, Clayburn Middle (topic: “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”)

3rd: Mira Kayre, Aberdeen Elementary (topic: “The Patriots Should Have Lost the Super Bowl”)


Grade 7:

1st: Amsuman Nair, Abbotsford Middle (topic: “We are the Hope in this Upside-Down World”)

2nd: Byron Edwardson, W.A. Fraser Middle (topic: “Skateboarding”)

3rd: Taylor Carlson, Mt. Lehman Elementary (topic: “Differences Between Generations”)


Grade 8:

1st: Ceilidh Smith, Clayburn Middle (topic: “Youtube Careers”)

2nd: Ishika Sethi, Eugene Reimer Middle (topic: “Mental Illness”)

3rd: Meeryn Kahlon, Abbotsford Middle (topic: “The Brain”)

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