By Admin. Updated 6:00 p.m. Friday, February 10, 2023, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Ciandra Scarborough, 13, and Mya Cumberbatch, 14, dominated the No. 3 Kingstown Girl Guides company World Thinking Day 2023 Inter-patrol reading and debate competitions, respectively.
The competitions were held at St. Vincent Girls’ High School this afternoon (February 10) under the theme: “our world, our peaceful future”.
Ciandra outread five readers to emerge the winner of the reading competition while Mya outspoke four other competitors in the debating competition.
Ciandra told One News SVG this is her first time winning a reading competition.
She said: “I feel happy, overwhelmed and excited. I did not expect to place first, maybe second, or third because there are lots of good readers.”
She said reading is fun and she would encourage more young people to read.
The topic for the debating competition was: “Climate Change is a myth and Girl Guides all over the world should focus less on climate change advocacy and campaigns for climate resilience.”
Mya Cumberbatch, the winner of the debating competition argued against the topic. Cumberbatch said she is happy she won the competition.
She said she is encouraging other young girls not to be afraid to enter debates because “if I can do it, they can do it too.”
Meanwhile, Mrs. Wendy Davis-Pierre the Guider of the No. 3 Kingstown Girl Guide Company said among the benefits of activities is that the girls build their self-esteem and self-confidence.
“It gives them opportunities for exposure. They can be recommended to participate in the school’s public speaking and youth development initiatives,” she said.