Students from the Fort, Lamont and Sherwood Park were finalists for their grades at a speakers invitational.
 
Elk Island Public Schools (EIPS) had 70 students from 24 elementary schools take part in the tenth annual EIPS Young Speakers Invitational on Thursday (Apr.26).
 
Lamont Elementary student Ivy Akitt placed first in the Grade 4 finalists, Ecole Campbelltown student Sophia Rathjen finishing first in the Grade 5 category and Wes Hosford Elementary student Alish Babiuk came out on top in the Grade 6 finalists.
 
Event coordinator and Brentwood Elementary teacher Jordan Smith summed up the event as fantastic and well attended.
 
“In this digital age, the ability to communicate clearly and effectively is more important than ever,” said Smith. “The competition, and the entire program, builds student self-confidence and an appreciation for the power of verbal communication skills, abilities that will serve them well now and in their future endeavours.”
 
February into March almost 3,700 EIPS Grades 4 to 6 students took part in speech competitions within their schools. Judges then picked three finalists from each school to move onto the invitational.
 
Brentwood Elementary Grade 6 student Ava-Grace Winkel finished fourth overall.

“My speech was about the dangers of the addictions to electronics. It always makes me really sad when I see little kids or kids my age or older playing on their device when they could be interacting with the real world,” explained Winkel.

This year the event raised more than $30,000 for the Robinhood Association through silent auction and raffles.
 
Participating schools were A.L. Horton Elementary, Andrew School, 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, Mundare School, Next Step Home Education, Pine Street Elementary, SouthPointe School, Uncas Elementary, Wes Hosford Elementary, Westboro Elementary, Win Ferguson Elementary, Woodbridge Farms Elementary and Wye Elementary.
 

A full list of finalists is below:

Grade 4 Finalists

 

No.

Grade

Name

School

Rank

1

4

Ivy Akitt

Lamont Elementary

1st

2

4

Gemma Petersen

Lakeland Ridge

2nd

3

4

Grace Baker

Wye Elementary

3rd

4

4

Carter Whitney

Woodbridge Farms Elementary

4th

         

Grade 5 Finalists

 

No.

Grade

Name

School

Rank

1

5

Sophia Rathjen

Ecole Campbelltown

1st

2

5

Morgan Bettenson

Mills Haven Elementary

2nd

3

5

Hudson Kozicki

Glen Allan Elementary

3rd

4

5

Adrian Peckham

Wes Hosford Elementary

4th

         
         
         

Grade 6 Finalists

 

No.

Grade

Name

School

Rank

1

6

Alisha Babiuk

Wes Hosford Elementary

1st

2

6

Zoe MacIsaac

James Mowat Elementary

2nd

3

6

Sydney Henderson

Pine Street Elementary

3rd

4

6

Ava Grace Winkel

Brentwood Elementary

4th

 

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