Fresh Meadows student places third in public speaking contest

18 Finalists Sister Peggy Contest

A Fresh Meadows student finished in third place in the Diocese of Brooklyn’s public speaking contest.

Kasmira Jeannot, an eighth grader from Holy Family Catholic Academy in Fresh Meadows, delivered Brittni Darras’ speech, “The Fight Against Teen Suicide,” at the 2019 Sister Peggie Merritt Memorial Oratorical Contest.

Jeannot was third among 18 students from Catholic schools in Brooklyn and Queens who participated in the annual public speaking contest.

Students delivered speeches by famous people, including Winston Churchill, Shirley Chisholm, Barack Obama, John F. Kennedy, Princess Diana and Steve Jobs.

Speech topics included eating disorders, teen suicide, gun control, civil and equal rights, and March for Life.

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