Island youth named first runner up in provincial public speaking

Sandi Kuntsi of Manitowaning was awarded first runner up at the Royal Canadian Legion Provincial Public Speaking competition in London.

LONDON—Manitoulin Secondary School student Sandi Kuntsi placed first runner up this past weekend at the Royal Canadian Legion Provincial Public Speaking competition in London.

“The experience was amazing,” 15-year-old Sandi told The Expositor. “The speeches at the provincial level are so good, it was awesome to hear them. I was nervous, but as I got closer and closer to actually doing my speech I got less nervous. My presentation was awesome. I think it was one of the best times I have done my speech.”

Sandi’s speech was on the dreams and aspirations of the children she met in Kenya while volunteering with the organization Me to We.

“One of the girls who came to Kenya with me was there and I think that having Bella there made me so much more confident,” explained Sandi. “It was different having someone in the audience who knew the kids I was talking about and who experienced their struggles the same way I had.”

Sandi is no novice when it comes to public speaking, having started in Grade 1 and making it as far as the zone competition in Grade 3.

She said that she intends to use her $200 prize money towards school, donating some to Free The Children (a branch of Me to We) and saving up a portion towards purchasing a drum kit.