District 53 held its Table Topics contest on the evening of May 5, 2022 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.
In the District Table Topics contest, contestants from each Division in the District are given the same question with no advance preparation, and try to respond with a 1-2 minute speech that has a beginning, middle, and end and reaches a definite conclusion. Each contestant has advanced from a specific club in District 53, and arrives at the stage after competing at the Area level against 3-4 other clubs, and the Division level competing against contestants from four other Areas. The District Table Topics Contest is the highest level of competition in this speech contest type; Toastmasters International also has the International Speech Contest, which advances through three more levels beyond the District level (Regional Quarterfinals, International Semifinals, and the World Championship of Public Speaking).
The question was:
The theme of World Earth Day 2022 is ‘Invest In our Planet Earth’. What have you done, OR what will you plan to do in the future, to “Invest In Our Planet Earth”?District 53 Table Topics Contest question, 2022.
The winners of the contest were:
- First Place: Cathy Kittle, NYS Forum Toastmasters
- Second Place: Michael Esposito, representing Southern Dutchess Toastmasters
- Third Place: Ogewu Agbese, representing Middlesex County Toastmasters
Many thanks to all the contestants, representing the five divisions of District 53:
- Division A: Michael Esposito
- Division B: Maria Baral
- Division C: Ogewu Agbese
- Division D: Michelle DeDominicis
- Division E: Cathy Kittle
and to our senior functionaries:
- Contest Chair Jennifer Cimilluca
- Contest Master Amy Chiu
- Chief Judge Elizabeth Keeling
and to all our contest functionaries, judges, and audience members.