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Sherwood Park, AB. — More than 70 of the top student speakers from 24 elementary schools in Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) are getting set to compete in the seventh annual EIPS/ATB Young Speakers Invitational on April 20.

Throughout February and March, more than 2,800 EIPS students in grades 4 through 6 competed in speech competitions at their schools in front of a panel of independent judges. Three finalists from each school, one in each grade, were chosen and now move on to compete in this year’s EIPS/ATB Young Speakers Invitational.

“We live in a digital age, where the art and power of the spoken word is easy to overlook,” says Jordan Smith, the event co-ordinator and a teacher at Brentwood Elementary. “What’s so great about the Young Speakers Invitational is it offers students the opportunity to stand up and speak clearly and concisely about a topic that’s meaningful to them—a skill set that will serve them well now and in their future endeavours.”

Students who have advanced to the Young Speakers Invitational will now present their speeches to a panel of judges in a preliminary round. The top four from each grade will then advance to the final round and present their speeches one last time. Judges will grade students on their ability to meld quality and organized content in a manner that's presented with interest and conviction. All participating students will take home a special prize and those who make it to the finals will receive a commemorative plaque.

“I’ve been practicing a lot, reading to friends, family—even my pillow,” says a Grade 5 student from Brentwood Elementary who is competing in this year’s invitational. “I think the reason this event is important to me is because I want to be a good communicator, which will help me in school and in my career. I think too, it’s important we learn to have strong voices to make our point.”

In addition to the competition, the EIPS/ATB Young Speakers Invitational will also include its annual silent auction, with all proceeds going towards the Robin Hood Association. Last year, the auction brought in more than $4,300 and, since its inception, has raised close to $25,000.

Participating EIPS schools include: A.L. Horton Elementary, Andrew School, École Élémentaire Ardrossan Elementary, Brentwood Elementary, Bruderheim School, École Campbelltown, Fort Saskatchewan Christian, Fort Saskatchewan Elementary, Fultonvale Elementary Junior High, Glen Allan Elementary, James Mowat Elementary, Lakeland Ridge, Lamont Elementary, Mills Haven Elementary, Ministik School, Mundare School, École Parc Élémentaire, Pine Street Elementary, Uncas Elementary, Wes Hosford Elementary, Westboro Elementary, Win Ferguson Elementary, Woodbridge Farms Elementary and Wye Elementary.

Representatives of the media are invited to join EIPS and students at the 2017 EIPS/ATB Young Speakers Invitational.

Event Details:
Date: April 20, 2017
Doors open: 4 p.m.
Preliminaries: 5:15 p.m.
Finals: 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Agora, Strathcona County Community Centre, 401 Festival Ln., Sherwood Park
Ticket price: Free

 

Elk Island Public School is one of Alberta’s largest school divisions, serving approximately 17,100 students in 42 schools. We are proud to be an integral part of our communities, including Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Vegreville, Strathcona and Lamont counties and the western portion of the County of Minburn.

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For more information contact:
Jordan Smith , event co-ordinator, 780-467-5591
Laura McNabb, director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902