The Ministry of Tourism held its Annual Junior Minister Speech Competition at the Office of the Prime Minister Conference Room on April 8.
The topic was: “Strengthening Our Global Image; Developing Our Product.” Participating in the speech competition were three students: Lazaria McIntosh of S.C. Bootle High School, and Shania Albury and Savion Bethell of Forest Heights Academy.
Toastmasters from the Abaco Lighthouse Beamers Toastmasters Club served in various capacities inclusive of judging and time keeping.
Chief Judge-Toastmaster Julieth McCafferty led in opening remarks and outlined the judging rules of the competition, followed by the explanation of the general rules of the competition by Wynsome Ferguson, manager of the Abaco Tourist Office.
Once Pastor Silbert Mills had concluded his opening prayer, it was on to the speeches. McIntosh was the first speaker, while Albury and Bethell took the two remaining spots. The students spoke articulately and were knowledgeable about the topic, projecting their voices and maintaining appropriate eye contact with the audience.
As judges were excused to tally the final scores, Ferguson explained that the winner would be determined based on their combined scores from their interview session and speech.
Savion Bethell captured the audience with his winning speech to place first and gain the title of Abaco Junior Minister 2016. Lazaria McIntosh placed second, and Shania Albury, third. Bethell will travel to New Providence to compete and represent Abaco in the National Junior Minister Competition later this month.