Flowers are blooming, and spring has come. There is an annual event that takes place every spring in BIS, too. The speech contest at BIS Canada is an annual event that takes place every May that involves all high school students from grade 8 to 11. The speech contest fostered interaction between different grades and also provided a room for students to show off their amazing speech skills. During the third week of April, students at BIS Canada presented the speeches they have prepared in the first round of the upcoming speech contest. Students made their speeches during their English classes throughout the week. They had to give either a narrative speech or a persuasive speech, and students came up with a variety of interesting topics.
The speeches were around 5 minutes long, and it took about two days for each grade to go through all the speeches. Students seemed to be very nervous before they made their speeches, but once they were done, they seemed to be relaxed a bit. Rosetta from grade 11, who gave a persuasive speech about GMOs, said “I was really nervous before I started my speech; I almost shivered. I don’t know how my speech went, but once I finished, I felt so happy and relaxed.” Looking at the faces of the students, it was apparent that they all felt very lighthearted after their speeches that the stuffiness inside my chest came untangled right away.
Although everyone put a lot of efforts and made great speeches, only two to three people per class were selected for the finals. Taking into consideration diverse aspects such as their posture, enthusiasm, pacing, contents and more, English teachers from each grade chose the finalists who will be performing in the speech contest in the upcoming Thursday.
Below are the names of the finalists from each grade who made to the speech contest finals: Grade 8- Daniel Chang /Michelle Seo Grade 9 - Alice Jeong / Lupin Kim / Hana hong Grade 10 - James Oh / Vivien Lee / Justin Joo Grade 11 - Jina Park / Brian Kim Grade 12 - Sarah Goodwin / Joon Kim
The finalists gave great speeches during their first round; They were inspiring, funny, touching, and relatable. In the grade 11 class, when one of the finalist Brian Kim was giving his speech, he even had to stop his speech for a few seconds due to people clapping during his speech. Some of the speeches covered serious issues that the society was confronting currently, such as feminism and the installation of THAAD.
There will be two divisions - division one composed of grade 8 and 9, division two composed of grade 10 and above - and there will be winners from each division. The contestants will be giving their speeches in the theatre and they will be evaluated by selected judges. Every year, the speeches have been getting better and better so look forward to listening to the amazing speeches that the finalists will give!