The Grand Finale of ‘Young Speaker 2015’ organized by Adventus Education, in collaboration with the British School in Colombo was held at The Galadari Hotel on 13th March 2015 for the second successive year.
The dignitaries were presented with garlands by the students of the British School in Colombo and were ushered in with a traditional procession of drums, and then the lighting of the oil lamp took place. The principal of the British School in Colombo, Dr. John Scarth delivered the welcome speech, highlighting the necessity for young people to engage in extracurricular activities such as public speaking in addition to academic education as they are going to be the future leaders.
Her Excellency Ms. Robyn Mudie, Australian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka & Maldives, graced the occasion, with her presence as the Chief Guest and she addressed the gathering highlighting the importance of the ability to speak in public with confidence, and to persuade and influence an audience is a key skill which will help young people to advance in life through confidence.
The eminent panel of judges was chaired by the Former Under-Secretary - General of the United Nations & Special Representative for Children & Armed Conflict, Dr. Radhika Coomaraswamy and the panel comprised of Mr. Rajendra Theagarajah - Director/ Chief Executive Officer at National Development Bank PLC (NDB), Mr. Mohamed Adamaly – Attorney-at-law, Senior lecturer in Marketing and Dramatist, Mr. Bertram Paul – General Manger – Sales and Marketing - Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC and Ms. Annika Senanayake – Chief Operating Officer – Art TV & Director – Sampath Bank
The Chairperson of the judging panel on behalf of the judges, then delivered their thoughts on the overall performance of the contestants of the young speakers and expressed the need to focus on grammar, content and avoiding repetition. Overall however, they said that the contestants produced vibrant and eloquent speeches.
In the Senior category champion/winner, Amrita Khandpur of Colombo International School walked away with a cash prize worth of Rs.100,000 from the 8 competitive finalists. Sanoj Jayakody of The Overseas School in Colombo was the 1st runner up, who walked away with a cash prize worth of Rs.50,000 and Zainab Asnah Subian of Ilma International School received a Rs.25,000 cash prize as the second runner up.
In the Junior category champion/winner, Avvayar Shaivi De Mel of Ladies’ College walked away with a cash prize worth of Rs.50,000 from the 8 competitive finalists. Ranudi Lelwala of the British School in Colombo was the 1st runner up, who walked away with a cash prize worth of Rs.25,000 and Senara Vidarapathirana of Devi Balika Vidyalaya received a Rs.10,000 cash prize as the second runner up.
The event was concluded with the CEO of Adventus Education Mr. Chris Price delivering the vote of thanks. He conveyed his sincere thanks to the international university sponsors of Young Speaker 2015: Anglia Ruskin University – UK, Edith Cowan University, PIBT – Australia and Camosun College – Canada as the Gold Sponsor’s, Southern New Hampshire – UK & University of Glasgow - UK as the Silver Sponsor’s and Thompson Rivers University - Canada & Swinburne University of Technology – Sarawak Campus as the Bronze Sponsor’s, and to ART TV as the Electronic Media Sponsor, Ada News Paper, Sunday Times, Daily Mirror as the print media sponsor for Young Speaker 2015
As a successful and a well-organized event, Adventus Education in collaboration with the British School in Colombo prepares from today to organize the oratory contest for Young Speaker 2016, thus, excited to announce that registrations will be open to selected local schools too. Don’t miss out a golden opportunity to showcase your students’ oratory skills. Speak to G.S. Sylvester on 0777 991 899 for more information on Young Speaker 2016 contest.