Grace speaks her way to title

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene ,

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CELEBRATING: Sixteen-year-old Grace Ah Young from Samoa College celebrates her win.

CELEBRATING: Sixteen-year-old Grace Ah Young from Samoa College celebrates her win. (Photo: Misiona Simo/Samoa Observer)

Winner of S.S.A.B.’s Impromptu Speech Grace Ah Young of Samoa College with the first Runner Up Glenis Ah Far Williams of L.D.S. Pesega College.

A Samoa College student confidently spoke her way to the S.S.A.B.’s inaugural Impromptu Speech competition title yesterday.

Sixteen-year-old Grace Ah Young impressed the Judges with her thoughts on the topic: “Is Samoa’s Educational System good? If not why?”

She argued that the education system needs a lot of improvement, highlighting the shortage of teachers, lack of resources and the absence of discipline in schools.

Ms. Ah Young overcame tough competition from the L.D.S. College, St. Joseph’s College, Avele College and Paul VI College. 

“I was shocked,” she said about being named the winner. “I didn’t know what I was going to say. All I wrote down was my three points but God just knows the right moment to give you the right words and I cannot thank Him enough.”

So now that she has won the competition, what is her advice: “Don’t be afraid to chase your dreams. If you feel like entering into a competition is what you need to do to achieve your dreams then go ahead and do it."

“But do it with all you can and do it with all your heart and make sure you have the right motive and you will get there. Always keep God at the center of it all.”

The Owner of S.S.A.B. Tofilau Fiti Leung Wai said she was impressed with the caliber of speakers yesterday and is looking forward to making the competition an annual event. The competition is among activities the company is using to mark its 10th year anniversary.

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