The grand finals of the Youth Speaks for The Nation, elocution contest brought the curtain down on DISTED College Yeap Chor Ee Campus on 12th August which featured young and talented speakers from 12 secondary schools across Penang.
The winner went to student Alka Kaur Sandhu from SMK Convent Lebuh Light and walked away RM800 cash, a trophy, certificate of participation and the coveted Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Challenge Trophy to display in the school’s Hall of Fame.
Student Luke Teoh Rong Guang from SMJK Phor Tay and Student Wong Chien Chien from Han Chiang High School were the runner ups.
The second place won a cash reward of RM500, a trophy and a certificate of participation. The third place received a trophy, cash reward of RM300 and a certificate of participation.
Distinguished panel of judges leaded by Mr Paul Seah, Head of LiFE Academy, a seasoned pioneer of Toastmasters International including Mr Gerald Green, pioneer of Toastmasters’ movement in South East Asia, Puan Che Bazlina Bt Baharum from SMK Raja Tun Uda by JPN and Ms Vilashini Kandaiah, a Lecturer from DISTED’s School of Language and Communication.
Chief Judge Mr Paul Seah shared some advice to the finalists on how to become a better speaker, “Familiarise the concept, don’t memorize the content. Have more eye contact with the audience and connecting to them,” he said. Engagement with audience is one of the key factor to make the audience listen and follow you.
Special guest appearance Ms Asha Theva, the 1st Runner up of the prestige elocution contest way back in 1984 shared her thoughts and encouraged young people to speak up and have own opinion.
Guest of Honour Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon, Chairman of Wawasan Education Foundation and is also a JCI senator presented the trophies to the winners. Dr Koh was impressed by the contestants’ performances and praised them for their fluency in English speaking.
“I’m absolutely blown away by it,” she said. “It’s truly an honour, the other contestants are so strong and talented,” Student Alka continued.