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Sikh Youth Symposium 2022 held at Cincinnati, Ohio

Cincinnati, Ohio, May 9, 2022 (Yes Punjab News)
The local level edition of 2022 International Sikh Youth Symposium, a public speaking competition was held in the Guru Arjan Dev Ji Hall of Guru Nanak Society Gurdwara in Cincinnati, Ohio. Youth between the ages of 6 and 17 years from Cincinnati and neighboring Dayton, participated in 4 separate age groups. The winners of each group will compete in the regional level competition to be held in Pittsburg, PA on 20th May 2022.

Each group is given a book few months before the Symposium and the children have to answer three questions in the form of a speech in 5-7 minutes. This year, the first group was given the book “My Guru’s Blessings”, second “Sikh Sakhis”, third “Brief History of the Sikh Gurus” and the fourth “The Valiant – Jaswant Singh Khalra”.

A key element of the local Cincinnati Sikh Youth Symposium is the weekly classes held at the Gurdwara Sahib. During these classes, students engaged in discussions and activities relating to the skill of public speaking and various Gurmat concepts. All symposium participants and group coaches attended these weekly classes.

The program started with the recital of Ardas and Hukumnama. All the participants put in a tremendous amount of effort to prepare speeches for the final day. Many of the younger entrants were amazing considering that it was their first time. Each question carried 20 points and rest of 40 marks out of 100 total were allotted for style, eye contact, voice, pronunciation, effectiveness, and delivery.

All the participants were awarded certificates and trophies. Bhai Amrik Singh, Head Granthi of the Gurdwara thanked all the students, parents, volunteers, and Sevadar Committee for making this event a success.

According to Kuldeep Singh, national convener of the Symposium and Sikh Youth Alliance of North America (SYANA), Sikh Youth Symposium has been run by SYANA since the early 2000s.

This is an annual public speaking and debate competition held for the Sikh youth across the United States of America and Canada. The objective is to provide an environment where Sikh youth can develop public speaking, oral and written communication skills. Sikh youth can learn the skills of public speaking along with delving into Sikh history and philosophy.

The Symposium provides youth with a platform to learn and reflect on many topics, starting from the basics of Sikhi to an in-depth study of Gurbani. It encourages youth to reconnect with the foundations and roots of Sikh faith.

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