The Customer First Associates (CFA) held their Eighth High School Speech Competition on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Bishop Michael Eldon Auditorium (BMES).
Mary Cooper District Super-intendent Education, Grand Bahama, Bimini and The Cays, guest speaker, gave an inspiring welcome address on the topic, ‘The importance in the delivery of quality service to our internal and external customers; and the essence to diversify our economy to remain competitive in the global economy.’
The auditorium was filled with excitement as the audience listened intently to the students’ presentations on the topic “Twenty First Century Baha-mas, Our New Welfare Reality.”
The competitors were from several high schools on the island – Tonae Farquharson, Jeffrey Feaster, Rhandi Ferguson, D’Azure Harvey, Hydeia Knowles, Keiara Russell and Chayil Smith.
The Customer First Associates have always embraced our youth to provide delivery of excellent customer service to our residents and international guests. “However, in 2014 we decided to mesh the effectiveness of customer service along with topics of national issues to motivate them to become innovative, to create optimal and sustainable business models to diversify our economy and achieve positive results simultaneously.
“Our youth are the future leaders in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, hence, we need to empower them and invest in their education; so that they can transform communities to become vibrant and productive.”
CFA extends special thanks to Deborah Pratt, who performed a wonderful job as the moderator for the competition.
Special thanks were also extended to the judges – Mercynth Ferguson, Administrator Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce; Michael Moss, semi-retired Engineer, and head judge who delivered the results of the first three winners, Stephanie Burrows, Managing Director Precious Acres.
Ministry of Tourism officer Karenda Swain served as scorekeeper and Jethro Dixon the timekeeper.
“We appreciate the unwavering support of our sponsors Freeport Oil Co. Ltd. (FOCOL) and Pharmachem Technologies GB Ltd., investing in our youths’ education pursuits, to make a positive difference in our country.
“Additionally, we thank our attendees, industrious students, their coaches and parents for their excellent performance and participation.”
Congratulations to the runners up and the top three winners Jeffrey Feaster of St. Georges High School (winner); Hydeia Knowles of Sunland Baptist Academy, second place and Keiara Russell of Eight Mile Rock High School, third place.
The three winners will receive a check to go toward their school tuition to attend the University of The Bahamas after graduation in June 2017.
Published Wednesday, November 16, 2016