This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing to use this website, you consent to our use of these cookies.

National Public Speaking Championships 2021

The 37th Annual National Public Speaking Championships were hosted, virtually, by SJR from Saturday, January 30 until Sunday, February 7, 2021.
A very special thank you to the volunteers who assisted in judging the tournament, and to Ms. Charu Gupta of the SJRPA, who worked tirelessly to recruit and coordinated judges for the event. To Graeme Barrington, Tina Gordon, and John Robinson, thank you for your hard work in organizing this event, and for continuing to support and coach SJR students who are keen on developing and identifying as great public speakers!
Congratulations to all the participants who participated. The great success of this event is attributed to your hard work and dedication to the art of public speaking. The judges were impressed with all of the speeches and debates that were presented over the competition.
We are especially pleased to announce that several students from SJR were awarded for their hard work and exceptional performances. Danae (Grade 11), Rhea (Grade 11), Keegan (Grade 11), Anya (Grade 12), and Vishwa (Grade 12), were all finalists in one or more events! As a result of their success in the tournament, Vishwa (Grade 12) and Anya (Grade 12) have qualified to represent Canada at the World Championships in April, 2021, along with Keegan (Grade 11) who qualified after placing second overall at the Internationals earlier this year.
Here are the students from our school who received notable rankings in the tournament:
National Public Speaking Champion - Vishwa (Grade 12)
4th - Anya (Grade 12)
11th - Rhea (Grade 11)
Persuasive Speaking
2nd - Anya (Grade 12)
3rd - Keegan (Grade 11)
Interpretive Reading
4th - Rhea (Grade 11)
Congratulations to all the participants of this event and thank you to the members of the SJR Community who showed their support by volunteering and helping to organize the tournament. The event would not be possible without your support. Thank you!
St. John’s-Ravenscourt School was founded in 1820 principally to serve the children of the Selkirk settlers. By 1834 there were forty students, evenly split between boys and girls. SJR has inevitably grown and changed over the years since, though its success throughout has been unimpeachable. We have graduated 18 Rhodes scholars, for example, and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted patronage and established a scholarship in her name in 1981. Today the programs are as strong as our reputation. A strong academic program is paired with an equally strong attention to the values of stewardship, ethical leadership, and excellence in all areas of academic, social and athletic life.