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11 schools participate in forensic competition

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ELEVEN schools and over 200 students participated in the Primary Grade Forensic Conference or PGFC, according to Western Pacific-Asia Regional chairman Harold Easton.

The participating schools were Oleai Elementary School, William S. Reyes Elementary School, Kagman Elementary School, Koblerville Elementary School, San Vicente Elementary School, Green Meadow School, Grace Christian Academy, Golden Harvest International School, Northern Marianas International School, and Saipan International School.

“The event is reasonably successful,” Easton said, adding that there was an improvement in the number of participants.

The aftermath of Typhoon Yutu was felt last year when only nine schools participated, he added.

The PGFC’s last leg of competition will be held in March.

Easton said nowadays children as young as 4 or 5 are already familiar with computer technology. “But arts are incredibly important, too. What good is technology if you can’t sell it and if you can’t articulate or explain it?”

The PGFC, he said, is a good starting point for young students to practice and hone their skills in public speaking.

“Verbal communication is critical. The sooner kids get verbal communication skills, the better off they are. I believe that a person cannot rise as high as they can unless they can communicate,” Easton said.

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