Winner of the Kiwanis Public Speaking Competition, who represented the Orion Academy Emma Lehrer, says she felt “really good” to have won title.
Students from different secondary schools on the island took part in the competition at the Dominica State College (DSC) on Wednesday.
Lehrer, 15, told Dominica News Online (DNO) that it was the first time she was taking part in a public speaking competition but said it was “a good experience.”
Lehrer revealed that she found out about the competition just a few days before it took place but the Principal of the school, along with other teachers helped her prepare.
The first round was a prepared speech which she said she handled well.
“I was given three topics to choose from and I chose tourism,” she said. “Second round we were all given the same topic, so you only had fifteen seconds to prepare and the topic was what we did last summer?”
Lehrer is expected to participate in a Regional Kiwanis Public Speaking Championship to be held in Barbados in September.
“I think I have a fair shot at it,” she noted.
The second place went to Almyra Lewis of the Pierre Charles Secondary School, while Selana Cuffy of the Convent High School secured the third spot.
Other participating schools included the Dominica Grammar School and Isaiah Thomas Secondary School.