Female high school students Take the Lead in public speaking competition at Brescia

December 13, 2013
News Release

London, ON – Public speaking inspires, motivates, and engages an audience through the use of expression, persuasion, and captivation. Brescia University College hosted its sixth public speaking contest, Take the Lead, on November 30th, attracting participants from across Ontario, all of whom had their eye on the grand prize of a full-year academic scholarship to Brescia. And they did inspire, motivate, and engage judges, audience members, and fellow participants.

Take the Lead welcomed female high school students in Grades 11 and 12 to speak on the theme of women who empower others through leadership. This year’s contest winner Abijah Nwakanma chose to speak about her mother, an immigrant from Nigeria, who brought her children to Canada for a better life. She was in the audience when Abijah was awarded first-place and a full-year academic scholarship to Brescia. Abijah is currently a Grade 12 student at North Albion Collegiate Institute in Etobicoke and expressed her gratitude by saying, “Words cannot express how honoured I am to win Brescia’s ‘Take the Lead’ contest. I was just happy to be participating for the experience. While in Nigeria, I did not have the opportunity to speak publicly, but participated locally at my school. It was a great privilege to speak alongside talented contestants and learn from them, and then emerge as the winner.”

Other award winners included second-place contestant, Alex Holgate from Havergal College in Toronto, who received a prize of $250, and third-place winner, Kylie Griffin, from Strathroy District Collegiate Institute, who was awarded $100.

The event also hosted 32 judges, who are female leaders in the Toronto, London and surrounding area. The final judges’ panel included: retired Director of the London District Catholic School Board, Wilma de Rond; freelance reporter, Wendy Haaf; Co-ordinator of the Brescia University College Council of Trustees and lawyer, Liz Hewitt; President of the Canadian Club of London, Erin Pollett; Brescia’s Academic Dean, Dr. Donna Rogers; and freelance reporter, Rosanna Tamburri.

To learn more about Take the Lead at Brescia, visit http://www.brescia.uwo.ca/takethelead/.

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For more information please contact Colleen Aguilar, Communications, Marketing & External Relations Officer, at 519.432.8353, ext. 28280 or colleen.aguilar@uwo.ca.

Brescia University College, Canada’s premier women’s university college, is affiliated with Western University. The 1,275 women registered as either full or part-time students at Brescia study a wide variety of subjects in Arts, Social Sciences, and Foods & Nutrition in an empowering, compassionate, student-centred, and invigorating environment. Degrees are granted by Western. The Catholic College welcomes students from all backgrounds and values diversity. For more current and archived news, a listing of faculty experts, and photos please visit our Online Media Room at http://www.brescia.uwo.ca/media/index.html