Voice of the West held in Cayo Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 April 2014 00:00

A 13th 'Voice of the West' competition was held at Hodes’ Place on Savannah Street in San Igancio Town on Thursday night of last week. Organized by the San Ignacio Rotary Club, this much awaited competition brought together some 42 participants from 12 High Schools in Belize.

The future luminaries participated in various areas of public speaking, gaining much applause from a large and youthful audience. In a just released note by the Rotary Club of San Ignacio “ the eyes of the Rotary Club of San Ignacio all participants are winners. We would like to thank you and your Schools for all the hard work that you put into the outstanding presentation.”

Coming in first place in the Impromptu Speech category was Kiely Gonzales from the Eden Seventh Day Adventist High School and coming in second place was Antwan Leslie from Our Lady of Guadalupe. The first place winner in the Published Poems section was Thais Escobar from Sacred Heart College and coming in second place was Narsedialia Hernandez, from the Belmopan Comprehensive High School. Not to be outdone, coming in first place in original poetry was Vivian Arthurs from Sacred Heart College and second place Isabel Lanza from Belmopan Comprehensive. With the Persuasive Speech section being filled with moving themes, the first place winner was Teann Martin from Sacred Heart College and second place, Eric DeLeon, from the Eden Seventh Day Adventist.

“The goal of having this is just to encourage our youth to be able to get in front of the public and do public speaking and to encourage our youth that they can do anything they set their minds to,” says Sheree Logemann Fukai, President of the San Ignacio Rotary Club.

 Some of the major sponsors for this year’s Voice of the West were the Belize Bank, Scotiabank, Atlantic Bank and the Belize Natural Energy. Other helpful sponsors were the Aguada Hotel and Pine Lumber Co. Ltd.