Two CBS Roscommon teams performed superbly at the recent Elphin Diocese Public Speaking competition which took place in Boyle Community School. The event – organised and judged by members of the Knights of Saint Columbanus – was also attended by Bishop Christopher Doran who was hugely impressed by the overall standard of the competition, and complimented the students of the CBS Roscommon on the quality of their speeches and their delivery.
The CBS was the ony school to put forward two teams to compete. The first team was James Hayes, Brian O’Malley and Alan Connaughton who spoke eloquently on the topic of human dignity and how it cannot be taken away from us. They included examples of public figures such as Vicky Phelan and Maurice McCabe, and how they have maintained their dignity, even under moments of unimaginable pressure. The second team included John McDermott, Andrew Carroll and Garrett Lapina. They spoke about how we must not be observers in life, but rather immerse ourselves in our society, our faith and our community.
John, Andrew and Garrett were awarded joint second place and represented the school in the Connacht Final in Knock House Hotel last Thursday evening.
The team were mentored by Ms. Colette Ganley and Ms Rosie Reale who worked with the students in enhancing their presentation and speaking skills.
The students were presented with a medal, and the school received a sum which will go towards faith formation within the CBS. Many thanks to Mr. Justin Harkin of Elphin Diocese for his work in co-ordinating the event.