2945 Army Cadet Speak-Off

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The Cadet speak-off is an initiative of the Newfoundland and Labrador Cadet Detachment, which is held annually each year.  This year the 13th Annual Provincial Speak-off will be held at Gonzaga High School in St. John’s, NL on December 1, 2012.  As part of this initiative, local Cadet Corps are encouraged to hold their own Inter-Corps Speak-off and to send one representative from each of the junior and senior categories to advance to the Provincial Speak-off.

This year the 2945 Army Cadet Corps held their own Inter-Corps Speak-off at Beaumont Hamel Building 275, 5-Wing Goose Bay on October 14, 2012.  There were six cadets who participated in this event and these cadets spoke in front of the entire 2945 Army Cadet Corps plus a three member independent panel of judges who judged the speakers.   Junior cadets between the ages of 12 – 15 years old who took part in the Speak-off were MCpl. Julia Kelland, Cpl. Dillon Packwood, Cpl. Laura Harvey and Cdt. Abigail Blackmore.  Senior cadets between the ages of 16, -18 who participated, were CWO Jessica Lyall and WO Samantha Mesher.  The cadets were given three to five minutes to speak on one of the following four topics:  1. What can we all do to prevent bullying? 2. How important is it for each of us to help others by volunteering? 3. How cadets have prepared me for the challenges ahead? 4. Reality Television - Harmless entertainment or detriment to society?  

All participants did an outstanding job and were certainly recognized for their willingness and enthusiasm as they got up and spoke on their chosen topic in front of their fellow peers (cadets), officers and judges, which is no doubt challenging.

This year the winner of the senior division was CWO Jessica Lyall who spoke on “Reality Television – Harmless entertainment or detriment to society?” and the winner of the junior division was Cdt. Abigail Blackmore who chose the topic of “What can we all do to prevent bullying?”  

Special thanks to the three judges who did the scoring for this Inter-corps Speak-off this year: Major Roberds, 5 Wing Heritage Officer for 5-Wing Goose Bay, Jennifer Moores, representative from the Ladies Auxiliary, the local sponsor for the 2945 Army Cadet Corps and Derrick White, a lawyer with O’Brien Anthony White law firm in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.    The judges indicated that the scores were very close and that the cadets did an outstanding job!

Both cadets then traveled to St. John’s last weekend and competed in the Provincial Speak-off where they competed against 79 cadets from across the Province on December 1, 2012.  Both CWO Lyall and Cdt. Blackmore placed third in their division!  This was a first for cadets from 2945 Army Cadet Corps placing in the finals in this annual Provincial competition and taking a medal in each of the senior and junior divisions was a very high accomplishment!

If you are between the ages of 12-18 and are interested in joining the 2945 Army Cadet Corps who parade every Wednesday night at Building 275, 5-Wing Goose Bay, please drop by on Wednesday between 6:00 – 9:00 pm, or you may contact Capt. Roslyn Bartlett at 896-8458 or Capt. Joan Harvey at 869-8218.

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Cadet Detachment, Gonzaga High School, Beaumont Hamel Building 275

Geographic location: Goose Bay, Happy Valley

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