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John F. Ross CVI student named finalist in Speakers Idol competition

March 9, 2018

GUELPH, Ontario – A grade 9 student from John F. Ross CVI has been named a finalist in the 2018 Speakers Idol competition.

After successfully making it through the semi-final round, Kellie’s speech and her vision for creating change in the world have earned her a spot in the finals at the widely recognized student competition.  Her speech was selected from more than 200 incredible entries.

Now in its seventh year, Speakers Idol is a competition that uses the power of the spoken and written word as a way for youth to improve their communities and the world around them, and represent their school on a provincial platform.

Each year, students across Ontario enter the competition by submitting a written speech.  The top 20 speeches are selected to advance to the semi-finalist round, where students will participate in a public speaking workshop. From there, the top 10 finalists will present their speeches in front of a live audience and panel of judges.

For this year’s challenge, students were asked to submit a three-minute speech that reflected on Holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal’s quote, “Freedom of speech is not freedom to propagate hatred.” Students must also relate that quote to how they envision creating a positive change in the world.

When asked why she wanted to enter this competition, Kellie said, “Though it may sound cheesy, this generation really is the future. While technology is helping us learn more [about what is happening in the world],” there are still so many things we don’t know enough about and need to educate each other about, citing the crisis in Myanmar.

The Speakers Idol Finalist round will take place on March 27 in Toronto. Congratulations and good luck Kellie!

Kellie, a grade 9 student from John F. Ross CVI, is a semi-finalist in the 2018 Speakers Idol competition.

Originally published on March 1, 2018. Updated on March 9, 2018.

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