Spotlight on: Speech Bee

July 24, 2015

Congratulations to 6th grader Asha L., who claimed a 1st place trophy for OLQA at the District Speech Bee. Schools in the Archdiocese of New York participate in the annual competition that celebrates public speaking. This year, students were tasked with writing about a landmark of their choosing, describing the history of the landmark and noting the cultural significance that makes it so special. With 6th-8th grade ELA teacher Mr. Will Beller leading the tournament, about 20 OLQA students participated in a school-wide competition to determine the 3 students who would represent our school in the District Competition. Students spoke eloquently about the landmarks they chose, but among the participants three students stood out: 7th graders Guadalupe L. and Vianyi S. and 6th grader Asha L. These students went on to represent OLQA at the District Speech Bee, competing against over 15 students from Catholic schools across the city. “I never thought I would be one of the final 3 students representing OLQA,” says Guadalupe modestly. “My classmates made some great speeches. I am so happy to have competed in the District Speech Bee!” Asha, who spoke articulately about the Great Barrier Reef, was surprised to hear that her speech and presentation won her first place. “It was so exciting to see that all my hard work was recognized and that OLQA won!” We are proud of all the students who competed. Great job!