Nathan Angelo Cruz | News Writer
Students from five high schools in Dumaguete City and Silliman University (SU) College of Law participated in the Grand Law Oratorical Contest held at the Claire Isabel McGill Luce Auditorium, Aug. 30.
Andre Azcona of Foundation University is champion for the High School category, followed by Micaiah Rodriguez of Negros Oriental High School as first runner-up; and Maria Juntereal of Dumaguete Science High School, second runner-up.
For the Law School category, the winners are: Krizea Duron, champion; Gabriel Lacson, first runner-up; and Diorson Baseleres, second runner-up.
Andrea Boycillo, President of the SU Oratorical and Debating Club (ORADEC), said this annual event was “designed to inform others with the current issues in the country as well as motivate and inspire others to get involved and take their own stand regarding these issues.”
The contestants delivered a memorized oration based on the question given to their respective category. They were scored based on personal factors, content of speech, delivery and presentation, and overall effectiveness.
The topic for the High School category was “Should the government adopt mandatory drug testing on high school students?”; while that for the Law School category was “Under the Draft Federal Charter, is the addition of three other High Courts beneficial to this country’s justice system?”.
Boycillo said this year’s contest has returned to the tradition of opening the Law School category only to SU students, whereas in previous years it was open to other schools.