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Mangaluru, Nov 20 : The Catholic Sabha Mangalore Pradesh (R) City Varado Level Elocution Competition was held at St Lawrence English Medium School Bondel on Sunday, 19th November, 2023 at 3.00 p.m.

The programme began by invoking God's blessings through a beautiful prayer song. The City Varado President Mr. Wilfred Alvares welcomed the gathering, and Mr. Stephen D’Silva , Competition Convener Bondel unit read the rules.

The competition was held at St. Lawrence English Medium School in Konkani and Kannada, respectively. There were five categories. A total of 70 children and youth participated in the competition and exhibited their oratory skills. There were three prizes, namely, first, second, and third. The prize included a certificate and a cash reward. Recognising the effort put in by the participants to prepare for the competition, those who could not make it to the top three were awarded a participation certificate and a cash prize.

Rev Fr Andrew Leo D’Souza Parish Priest, Rev Fr Peter Gonsalves –Principal St Lawrence English Medium School, Mr Wilfred Alvares-President City Varado, Mr Henbert Pinto-President Bondel Unit, Mrs Vilma Monteiro General Secretary / Secretary City Varado, Mr John D’Silva Vice President Parish Pastoral Council Bondel Parish, Mr Stephen D’Silva Competition Convener , Elocution Competition Judges from Pezar Varado - Mrs Delcy Rodrigues, Mr Ruben D’Souza, Mr Arun D’Souza, Mr Stany Rodrigues, Mr Sharon Mendonca, Mr Pachhu Ferar were present on the dais.

While thanking the organisers, on behalf of the judges, Mrs. Delcy Rodrigues shared her feelings as the quality of competition was at a premium and informed her and her judge friends that she and her friends had really a tough time making a choice. She also congratulated all the participants for their wonderful show of quality speeches on this stage and wished the winners all the very best in the next or final level.

The competition was presided over by Rev. Fr. Peter Gonsalves. "The pen is sharper than the sword, words are sharper than swords, and elocution competitions are an excellent way for children to express their oratory talents. Children are the leaders, innovators, change-makers, and dreamers of tomorrow. If today's children are directed down the correct path, they can assure us of a bright and proud tomorrow", opined Fr Peter.

Rev. Fr. Andrew Leo D'Souza, in his address, said that the Catholic Sabha has provided an excellent opportunity to budding youth leaders to sharpen and fine-tune their public speaking skills in Kannada and Konkani for the last couple of decades. Fr. Andrew Congratulated all the participants, parents, and Catholic Sabha members. 

Mrs Vilma Monteiro introduced the judges and Guests on the dais distributed the prizes for winners and participants were awarded with cash prizes and certificates. The vote of thanks was given by Mr Stephen D’Silva . The programme was compered by Mrs. Flavia Moras from Kelarai Parish.

Results of the Elocution Contest :

1st Category Konkani
ಮ್ಹಜಿ ವ್ಹಡಿಲಾಂ ಮ್ಹಾಕಾ ಪ್ರೇರಣ್ (ಕೊಂಕಣಿ)
1st – Cherishma Paola Castelino –Derebail
2 nd – Nishel Pearl Monteiro -Bondel
3 rd- Leanne D’Souza –Vamanjoor

2nd Category Konkani
ಭಾರತ್ ಮ್ಹಜೊ ದೇಶ್ (ಕೊಂಕಣಿ)
1st- Vihaan Jaden Sequeira-Bondel
2nd – Reeval Shaina Veigas -Angelore
3rd – Ethel D’Souza -Derebail

3rd Category Konkani
ಮೊಬೈಲ್ ಮನ್ಶಾ ಜಿವಿತಾಕ್ ಬೆಸಾಂವ್ ವಾ ತೆಂತೆಸಾಂವ್? (ಕೊಂಕಣಿ)
1st – Reon Aloysius Pinto - Derebail
2nd – Chelsia Pearl Castelino-Derebail
3rd – Anora Niral D’Souza -Bondel

4th Category ಕನ್ನಡ
ಜೀವನದಲ್ಲಿ ನೈತಿಕ ಮೌಲ್ಯಗಳ ಮಹತ್ವ(ಕನ್ನಡ)
1st - Marita Lobo-Bondel
2nd –Janicia Doyel Saldanha -Angelore
3rd - Denith Rodrigues-Bondel

5th Category ಕನ್ನಡ
ಮಾದಕ ದ್ರವ್ಯದ ಸಹವಾಸ ಜೀವನದ ವಿನಾಶ (ಕನ್ನಡ)
1st Primal Janick Sequeira –Bondel
2nd-Sylvia D’Mello-Permai
3rd Sonal D’Mello-Permai 

Congratulations to the winners & the participants.


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