Bethel and Ingraham win 12th Annual Religious Knowledge Speech Competition

TOP SPEAKER – Sierra Bethel of Martin Town Primary School won the Ministry of Education Science and Technology Western District Primary School Religious Knowledge Speech Competition that took place on Wednesday, November 7 in the training room of the C. A. Smith Building. See more photos on Page 5. (PHOTOS: JENNEVA RUSSELL)

Under the theme, ‘The Missing Peace,’ Ministry of Education, GB held its 12th Annual Religious Knowledge Speech Competition at the C. A. Smith building November 6 and 7.

This year, the Ministry of Education widened the entry of students to not only cover the Eastern and Western District of Grand Bahama, but Bimini as well.

Eldrin Ingraham of Freeport Primary School claimed the Eastern District title on Tuesday (November 6), while Sierra Bethel of Martin Town Primary won the Western District title on Wednesday (November 7). The two winners are set to travel to New Providence, where they will be competing against student from throughout the Family Islands for the national title.

District Education Officer and Coordinator, Sheila Scavella said the annual competition’s focus it to encourage students to develop a spiritual understanding.

Noting that there are so many social issues happening around the world, Scavella said she wants the students to be aware of them not just locally, but globally.

Scavella noted that the ministry is concerned with the violence among young people, “and we believe that turning to the Bible and searching up scriptures that God admonished us to follow, we would have more peace in the world. It was interesting how the students covered the areas of school, community and homes, during their presentations … If there is no peace at home, there will be no peace in the school and no peace in the world.”

Pleased with the support of the two-day competition, District Superintendent West Grand Bahama and Bimini, Ivan Butler, commended the organizing committee for a very appropriate theme and the coaches who did an excellent job with the young speakers.

Butler applauded each student, noting that they worked hard, tirelessly, to help themselves improve.

Although there were only two winners, he was proud of the number of students who entered the competition. “It just plays with the way our primary school students deliver the message, conduct themselves and I think it’s an excellent opportunity for a healthy competition.”

While the competition has only been going on for the past 12 years, the District Superintendent said he has seen a tremendous growth. “We feel it is at a new level and this time we welcomed participants from Bimini, who have never been a part of the competition.

“We also have the public and private schools in the competition and we are pleased with the schools bringing students to support their representatives in the competition … it is encouraging for the youngsters.”

The judges for the competition were Minister Damaris Thompson, former Deputy Director of Education; Canon Norman Lightbourne and Joyce Pinder.

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