EDMONTON, ALTA. — Tyler Hiscock says public speaking has always been something he’s been involved in, he’s good at, and he truly enjoys.
After winning the provincial Skills Canada competition, Tyler went on to the national event in Edmonton this year and placed third in public speaking amongst the competition.
The Bishop White School Grade 12 student from Trouty told The Packet he was very excited to have achieved such an accomplishment.
“I guess I’m good at talking!” he laughed.
Tyler began public speaking with Lions Club speak offs when he was in Grade 10. In Grade 11 he also went to the national Skills Canada competition in Winnipeg.
His involvement in extra-curricular activities like drama club have also helped his prowess for speaking in public.
“The part with public speaking is you always have a point you’re trying to get across,” he said. “It’s just bringing awareness to whatever you’re talking about.”
Tyler spoke on the topic of sexual assault in one of the speak off’s he competed in, and his topic for Skills Canada this year was “Social Responsibility and Skilled Trades.”
At the nationals in Edmonton, Tyler had already experienced last year’s event in Winnipeg, so he was prepared for the ordeal.
Bishop White teacher Kathryn Baker accompanied Tyler on the trip to provincials in St. John’s as well as nationals.
Baker admires the amount of work Tyler put into the preparation.
“Whatever he does, he puts his whole heart and soul into it,” she told The Packet. “When I saw him perform at the provincials, I knew he had done an excellent job.”
Baker says the whole trip was an amazing experience, seeing different trades and technologies, while even able to “try a trade” at different stations of the event.
“That’s so interesting and so important, especially for young students who are trying to figure what to do with the rest of their lives and their careers,” she said. “I think that it’s important to expose our youth to as many opportunities as possible.”
Aside from the prepared speech, Tyler also did an impromptu speech during which he had two minutes to write and three minutes to speak.
After having been so involved in public speaking, and ready to finish high school in a few weeks, Tyler is going to Memorial University to study biology and psychology.
He says any student would be smart to get involved in public speaking as it can greatly prepare you for your future.
“It’s an excellent experience,” Tyler said. “I suggest that anyone has the opportunity to participate, they should.”
Tyler’s accomplishments this year.
• Acceptance Into SHAD;
• Award of Distinction at 2018 Drama Festival;
• First place at the Lion’s Club District speak off;
• Second place at the Lions Club Regional speak off;
• Recipient of MUN Entrance Scholarship ($2,550), but also received the Dr. Leslie Harris Memorial University Alumni Association Scholarship ($16,000), having to give up the first scholarship;
• First place at Skills Canada Provincials in public speaking;
• Third place at Skills Canada Nationals in Edmonton in public speaking;
• Recipient of The RBC $1,000 bursary.