Some 14 secondary schools are set to compete in the upcoming Annual Speech Competition organised by the Ministry of Tourism and International Transport.

The event which is scheduled for Monday, March 9, at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Two Mile Hill, St. Michael.

It will take the form of a simulated board meeting where students will present their views, suggestions or ideas on one of several topics: Experiential Tourism; Intra-Regional Travel; and Destination Health and Safety.

Students will also be given a mystery topic which will test their knowledge of the Barbados tourism product.??The winning student will be designated Junior Minister of Tourism for 2015 and will be given the opportunity to represent Barbados at the Regional Tourism Youth Congress to be hosted by the Caribbean Tourism Organisation in Curacao in September this year.??

The victor will also be required to participate in other tourism-related activities falling under the aegis of the Ministry of Tourism and its stakeholders as well as an internship within the industry.

Participants will be Aliyah Reid and Kobie Broomes, The Alexandra School; Pierre Cooke and Jakaila Hewitt, The Alleyne School; Krystal Hoyte, Combermere School; Rashana Jones and Ricarla Best, Deighton Griffith Secondary; Ashley Alkins, Graydon Sealy Secondary; and Chlo?? Walker, Harrison College.

The other particpants are:??John Hunte and Brittanie Edwards, Queen???s College; Markeisha Carter, Springer Memorial; Runisha Harper and Akeila Selman, St. George Secondary; Travis Gardiner and Kiara Riley, Lester Vaughan School; Adiel Charles, The St. Michael School; Nicholas Hayward and Jada Falby, St. Winifred???s School; and Kindra Maynard and Dakota De Freitas, St. Ursula???s. There will also be a representative from Christ Church Foundation School.

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