Second successful public speaking competition held in Gozo
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The second annual public speaking competition in English for Gozitan students, run by the Gozo branch of the English Speaking Union in association with Rotary Gozo, took place on Friday.
The audience enjoyed prepared speeches on the competition themes from both the Junior and Senior Sections, followed by impromptu speeches by the senior entrants on a topic given to each of them on the evening.
All contestants had either competed in the 2017 Competition, or attended one or more of the ESU Gozo Summer Schools held in July for the last two years.
Judges were Dr Anthony Galea, the recent winner of the JCI World Public Speaking Competition, and Mrs Doris Cini and Mr Frank Muscat who have been involved in local education for many years.
Dr Galea gave an inspiring address on his experiences of public speaking, including valuable guidance to the speakers.
In announcing the decision of the Judges, Dr Galea praised the very high standard reached by all speakers, whilst reflecting their own well developed personal approaches. The judges, he said, had been presented with a very difficult task of selection.
The winner of the Junior Section was Enzo Giordanella and in the Senior Section, Chloe Loren Cauchi was the winner, with Nicole Micallef and Paul Psaila in second and third places.
Volunteers from the Gozo ESU, who are responsible for running the Summer Schools as well as working with the Gozo College Middle School in developing oracy skills, said that they are delighted by the progress made over the last two years and that Gozitan students will be competing next year in the Maltese heats to select a representative for the ESU International Public Speaking Competition in London.
Photo: Left to right, Jean Debattista, Enzo Giordanella, Dr Anthony Galea, Paul Psaila, Princess Orire, Frank Muscat, Samuel Xerri, Nicole Micallef, Chloe Cauchi, Doris Cini, and John Barnes (ESU Gozo Chairman)