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Happiness, sadness, excitement and disappointment. All these emotions were bottled up into one day, Saturday 13th April 2024. I was allowed to represent my school (TISS) in an annual competition called the Uganda National Students Association (UNSA) at Trinity College Nabingo. Many schools took part in this competition including Naalya S.S., Embogo Mixed, Up and Down High School, and Entebbe S.S. to mention but a few.

The competitions assigned to us that day were public speaking, debate and poetry. This was our first time attending an inter-school competition of this nature. I took part in public speaking with Teri Kaddu and Daniel Ibanda. Sadly, I was eliminated early on but thankfully Teri and Daniel were finalists and ultimately Daniel came in second. I enjoyed the whole public speaking experience. I learnt pacing, movement and tone. This experience has given me relevant life lessons that can be applied in many areas of life. I’m also thankful to Tyler Kassoma for recommending me for the event.

On the other side, the debate team crushed every opponent brought in front of them. The team consisted of Victor Kamukama, Joel Wandera and Ronald Canogura. These three fought a hard and long battle to the final where they lost to Naalya S.S. Personally, I felt that the final was rigged.

Poetry was the best done in all the competitions that we took part in. We emerged the first in poetry and had the best overall poet, none other than Raniah. She was even commended by all the judges at the event for her unique approach to poetry which involved the use of local dialect and the Lord’s prayer. She did Taibah proud.

Lastly, I would like to thank Tr. Obed and Tr. Daniel for the opportunity that will live long in my memory. From the fun but serious interactions to the jokes and vibes we shared and good times with everyone on that day. I would like to end here with a quote I thought of during my training for this event., “With great knowledge comes, great power and with great power comes great responsibility”.

Written by Gilbert Luganda 

Senior Six Spurs

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