The University of Kelaniya Gavel Club has gained much reputation, by becoming the first ever Gavel Club in South Asia, with the main intention of helping the university and school community to improve their communication, language and leadership skills. Thus, the Inter School Best Speaker Contest was organized this year with much glamour, for the second time, by the Gavel Club.
Letters were sent to seventy one schools in Colombo, Kelaniya and Gampaha educational zones. The selected schools were 1AB and 1C schools which had English medium in their schools. The Inter School Best Speaker Contest for the year 2016 met its Preliminary round on the 1st of March with an energetic start. Although hundred and fifty nine students confirmed their participation, only hundred and thirty four students from forty three schools participated. The Semi Final round was held on the 8th and the Grand Finale on the 15th of March at the Management Auditorium of the Commerce and Management Faculty. It was organized under the theme “Unleash Yourself”. The contestants faced the contest inclusive of the prepared speech session and the impromptu session. Twenty four Contestants were chosen from both the Senior and Junior categories for the Semi Final round, and ten were chosen for the Finals after a tough competition.
The Chief Guest for the event was Senior Prof. Sunanda Madduma Bandara, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Kelaniya. The Guest of Honour for the evening was Ms Gagani Widwa Weerakoon; the Newspaper Editor of ‘Ceylon Today’.
Suneragiri Liyanage from Royal College Colombo was crowned as the Best Speaker (Junior Category). He was also able to reserve the titles of ‘Best prepared speaker and ‘Best impromptu speaker’. Sajani Senanayake from Sirimavo Bandaranayake Vidhyalaya was awarded as the First Runner-Up and Dulesi Tennakoon from Devi Balika Vidhyalaya was awarded as the Second Runner-up. Sadunlekha Ekanayake from Holy Cross College was crowned as the Best Speaker (Senior category) with the title Best Impromptu speaker. Shavindi Gunaratne from Devi Balika Vidhyalaya was awarded as the First Runner-up with the title ‘Best Prepared Speaker’. Zahra Mohideen from Holy Family Convent, Colombo was the Second Runner-up.
The University of Kelaniya Gavel Club was able to complete the contest successfully with the dedication of all its members. The Organizing Committee would like to congratulate all the winners for their dazzling performances and thank all those who helped in numerous ways, to make this significant event a success.