Speech on Emily Stowe wins Grade 10 Osler Contest

The final round of the Grade 10 Osler Speaking Contest at Trinity College School was held on May 6th in the Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre. Speeches focused on Canadians who have made a significant contribution to the world around them. Every Grade 10 student researched, prepared and delivered a speech in class. The top student from each class then participated in the final round, in front of the entire grade.

The evening began with Roselle Torres and Tianyi Zhang, last year’s co-winners, delivering an informative speech on Sir William Osler, the first head boy of TCS and for whom the contest is named. Their delivery was entertaining and engaging, playing off of one another’s oratory skills. The evening was hosted by the Head Boy, Ben Traugott. He entertained the audience by providing interesting facts about each speaker as he introduced them, as well as posing TCS trivia questions between speakers.

Each year, the judges, teachers and students are impressed by the how speakers deliver their speeches with confidence and poise. This makes the task of judging the contest both challenging and enjoyable. After much deliberation, the judges awarded first place to Diana Srisuk for her speech on Emily Stowe. Diana impressed all with her eloquent delivery. Her speech balanced interesting facts with engaging anecdotes about Canada’s first female doctor.  The competition was quite close this year, and the judges acknowledged Fernanda Fonseca’s engaging and passionate delivery of her speech about Lester B. Pearson as runner-up. The other finalists, in alphabetical order, were: Elaina Brendel, Clara Hughes; Loretta Hu, Anne Cools; Naomi Larocque, Michaëlle Jean; Fiona Miller, Stephen Lewis; Natasha Pinto, Florence Bird; and Michael Yip, Doris Anderson.

Thank you to the judges, Mrs. Sheri Gardiner, Mrs. Barbara Piccini and Mr. Rick Traugott, for their time and careful deliberations.

- By Ms. Barbara Brough, head of English