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National Coordinator Sergeant Stephen Billy and South East Zonal Coordinator, Yoland London with N’kenna London, winner of senior category, Rayshorn Billy, second place in senior, and Jenee’ Samuel, winner of the junior category.

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The South East Zone of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force Police Youth Club hosted its zonal public speaking competition on Tuesday at the Emmanuel High School Annex in Mesopotamia. 

The four clubs — Biabou, Mesopotamia, Richland Park and Stubbs — in the south east zone participated in the competition, which was held in two categories: the junior category were primary school students and senior participants were secondary school students.

Each participant made a prepared speech and also spoke impromptu on a topic.

The junior’s main topic was “If more attention is given to non-formal education, there will be a reduction in crime” while the senior spoke on “Providing more community -based peer groups for young people will effect positive social change”.

Jeneé Samuel of the Mesopotamia Police Youth Club won the main speech and Jeniah Mathias of the Biabou Police Youth Club won the impromptu speech in the junior category. 

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Samuel was the overall winner of this category while Divyne Hackshaw of the Stubbs Police Youth Club placed second.

In the senior category, Rayshorn Billy of the Mesopotamia Police Youth Club won the main speech and N’kenna London of the Stubbs Police Youth Club won the impromptu speech.

At back, South East Zonal Coordinator, Yoland London, National Coordinator Sergeant Stephen Billy, Mesopotamia Police Youth Club Coordinator Jolicia Richards and the judges of the competition. Front row: participants in the competition.

London emerged overall winner in this category while Billy placed second.

The overall objective of the activity was to help to build confidence in the young people and at the same time help them to develop their vocabulary and fluency in language in a non-formal educational setting.  The competition also sought to help the youth in their research skills and allow them to form camaraderie and network with other young people in a safe positive environment.

Each participant received a cash prize as a participation token, a gift pack and a participation certificate.

Additionally, the winners of main and impromptu speech and the 1st and 2nd place winners in each category each received a cash prize. 

“We are pleased with the support we received from the sponsors and we thank them very much for honouring their corporate social responsibility as, we are not able to effect the positive change we want to see in our young people without partnership like these,” South East Zonal Coordinator, Yoland London said in a press release.

She noted that the event was sponsored by Central Water and Sewerage Authority, Tus-T Water, Marriaqua Friendly Society and National Properties.

“We are grateful to all of the coordinators within the four zones who assisted with the preparation of the participants for this activity and for their commitment to ensuring we continue to nurture our nation’s most valuable resources. We thank everyone who continues to support the Police Youth Club,” London said.