The Ciceronium 2017: the Best Speakers are from Ukraine and Venezuela

The international Competition of Speakers "Ciceronium" gathered participants from 8 countries - students and cadets of 22 universities - in the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus.

A total of 49 particapants, who became winners in regional, city and university tours, competed for the cherished statuette this year. In addition to speakers from Belarusian universities, cadets and students from three educational institutions of Ukraine (Kiev, Kharkov, Dnepropetrovsk) arrived. In a separate category, representatives of Azerbaijan, Venezuela, Kazakhstan, China, Nigeria, and Turkmenistan, who are studying in Belarus, competed for the first place.

- "Ciceronium" is a competition that allows young people to show how a word can make any work beloved and interesting, teach them to respect themselves and those around them. I think you will do your best to prove that the modern youth is talented, smart, competent. The task of the older generation is to help them to realize themselves, "said the chief of the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Major-General Vladimir Bachila, who opened this event.

The jury included highly qualified specialists in the field of voice communication: lecturers, journalists, radio and television announcers, philologists, lawyers. Despite the fact that almost all the academic degrees, it was difficult for them to assess the participants - this year the fight turned out to be serious.

Traditionally, the hosts of the event showed strong performances. The school of oratorical skill of the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs has long been known both in Belarus and abroad. So, cadet Ivan Bazylin began his speech with the story that at the first problem situation people turn to the police officers. Making his choice of profession, he initially set the target - to become an officer. Tradition of his family proudly carried three generations of men. And directly to the choice of the guy was influenced by his father Pavel, the lieutenant colonel of the militia. Ivan told how they saved the sinking guy and the girl on vacation.

- Thanks to him, I realized that people need help not only in the service, but also during off hours. My father is an example for me always and everywhere, - the future officer summed up.

The cadet Konstantin Volchetzky told about the Belarusian cardiosurgeon Nikolai Andreevich Manak. This year he would have turned 75. Outstanding cardiologist, head of the National Cardiology Center, MD. His main research related to myocardial infarction. He was Petr Mironovich Masherov's personal doctor and, in general, helped a lot of patients. In the hall of the academy at that moment there was a couple who celebrated the 40th anniversary of their joint life. Without Nikolai Andreevich, their story could have ended 20 years ago. He saved hundreds of hearts, and his heart could not be saved. Later, at the award ceremony, the widow of the cardiosurgeon noted the guy's prize for a heartfelt monologue.

Pavel Karnaukh though did not get into the coveted dozen of finalists, stopping just one step away from the second round, still remembered by the audience. He told about people who serve the law and protect the rule of law - about police officers. The cadet turned to history, remembered that 100 years ago in Minsk, the policeman's primer operated, according to which people who devoted themselves to the service in the militia should listen to the elders and precisely obey the statutes and rules. After all, the life of a policeman is based on this. After studying it, the guy found many interesting definitions. For example, misdemeanors are actions that cause official harm. A search is an honest way of gathering information. The militiaman is a member of a great army of order. Since that time, in the priority of the law enforcement service, there have always been, are and will be faithfulness to the law, the people, the Fatherland.

One of the strongest performances not only among cadets of the university, but also in the entire competition was Ilya Myachin.

- Who would have refused a million? - So began the monologue.

The cadet told about people for whom money was not a priority in life. About an elderly German who won 2 million euros, but refused to win. Earlier, when his wife was alive, they constantly bought lottery tickets. After her death, he continued to play not for the sake of money, but in memory of his beloved Isolde. From a million dollars in 1984, the musicians of the well-known American blues-rock band ZZ Top also refused. A branded shaving company invited them to shave their beards for a commercial. "They will get my beard only through my corpse," one of the musicians commented on the tempting offer. In March 2010, the Clay Mathematical Institute awarded Grigory Perelman with a $ 1 million prize for the proof of the Poincaré conjecture, which was the first ever award of a prize for solving one of the Millennium Challenges. The mathematician refused money, saying: "I'm not interested in money or fame. I know how to manage the universe. So why should I run after your million? " Ilya did not worry at all, he felt the audience and spoke in a well-placed voice. The judges noted this with the maximum points in the first stage of the competition.

Both participants from another police academy of Belarus - the Mogilev Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs - also showed a high level of oratorical skills and reached the final. Angelina Nozdrin-Plotnitskaya, who last year was the silver medalist of the contest, told about her anxious suitcase.

- Imagine if you could put in it not what you need, but what really does not suffice in our life - what would you put in it then? My something certainly would not become alarming. How? Probably, happy, - the girl reflected.

In her suitcase were a drawing of her younger brother, her grandmother-tied socks, a CD with her favorite music, a pet leash ("Zsuzsa, a mix of dachshund and poodle, did not fit into a suitcase"), pechenyushki and much more - everything that makes her a little happier.

And Vadim Zaitsev from the same university told about the hard work of a policeman. He noted that soon it will be necessary to work on weekends, holidays and "there will be no beautiful life". The cadet knows what is called anyone's eyes, but not by policemen. Communicate with thieves, drug addicts, vagrants, drunken teenagers who do not remember where they live. And there will be many, many reports, reports. But he is still pleased with his choice, knowing that he will help people.

Many people talked about the difficult service of policemen this evening. But one of the best performances was a student of the Grodno State University Andrei Viktorov, who began a monologue with the poem of Sergei Mikhalkov's "Uncle Stepa." The guy was lucky to be the grandson of such "uncle Stepa" - grandfather Vanya, lieutenant colonel of the police in reserve, the former deputy chief of the OECD of the Oktyabrsky District Internal Affairs Department of Grodno, a participant in the Czechoslovak events and the liquidator of the consequences of the Chernobyl disaster. Andrei noted that this Uncle Stepa is not alone. Servants of the law, heroes who perform daily feats, a great many. The student read his poems dedicated to the grandfather and every employee of the Belarusian police.

For Maria Dudar of the Brest State University, her uncle Vasily, who died in Afghanistan, is an example. A few months before returning home, during one of the military operations, he was seriously wounded. Flowing through the blood, he crawled to the house from which the enemy was firing machine-gun fire, and threw grenades at him. At the cost of his life he saved his comrades. According to the girl, it is necessary to remember the feat of the soldiers-internationalists.

Good oratorical training was shown by guests from the Kharkov National University of Internal Affairs - Oksana Kalyada and Vitaly Naida. The girl spoke in Ukrainian. Her emotional story about the best friend of her father - the hero who died in the line of duty, already in the first stage became one of the favorites of the contest.

The Military Academy of Belarus, which shows good preparation of speakers from year to year, did not disappoint this time either. The cadet Sergei Smolik came out in a national costume and told about his native country in a beautiful Belarusian language. About what Belarus associates abroad with - a bison, Belovezhskaya Pushcha, potatoes, a stork. I remembered also the tractor "Belarus", the image of which is on one of the notes of Vietnam. He also mentioned about the Belarusian extreme, which has become popular with us, - travel through the swamps. The future officer stressed that the symbols of the country are also people. Not only the past, but also the present. Such as Nobel laureates Zhores Alferov and Svetlana Aleksievich. The country abroad is glorified and the champions of the Olympic Games Maxim Mirny, Victoria Azarenka and Daria Domracheva. Many of the listeners learned that Hollywood can boast of Holland, such as Harrison Ford, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Douglas, as well as one of the founders of the Hollywood film studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which annually awards the Oscar ". A strict jury evaluated the fascinating performance with high scores.

Another student of the military high school Stanislav Valyaev shared his thoughts that laziness is not always a bad thing, because it was the lazy person who invented everything that makes it possible to rationally expend forces and time. Because of laziness, the teachers' favorites were never Churchill, Darwin, Picasso, or even Einstein.

"But from laziness, as from any illness, there is a medicine, but it's not a potion, but a desire to understand why I'm too lazy to do something." If you are not afraid to answer this question honestly, then you will know the true cause of laziness. And then, goodbye, lazy mother, - concluded the young man.

The strongest was also revealed among representatives of foreign countries, who are educated in the universities of our country. The peculiarity of the tour was that, although foreigners were evaluated in another nomination, they performed for the first time together with Byelorussians and Ukrainians.

By tradition, it was difficult to compete with Venezuelans this year. Cadet of the Military Academy Rodriguez Carillo Diego Alirio Jose wondered whether the spectators love football the way he loves it? With all my soul. His father, a football coach, is a friend of the famous football player Diego Maradona. And his son named in honor of the great athlete. Even the ball was bought by the child while he was still learning to walk. Because of the injury, Venezuelan Diego did not become a football player, but he hopes that this will come from his younger brother, who lives in Spain and plays for the junior team of Real Madrid. And the speaker himself is now successfully speaking for the team of the Belarusian university. By the way, his monologue was appreciated by the chief of the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, major-general of militia Vladimir Bachila, who gave him a soccer ball.

Venezuela is a Catholic country and many names are given there so that they have more patrons. It is believed that the second, third, fourth name is given to the child for protection from the dark forces. If they bring damage to one, it will not work, because others will be on the defense. Not surprisingly, the Venezuelan Gragel Kaisales Joubert Ricardo Abel of the Military Academy told us about unusual names. From his speech, many learned that the full name of the famous Spanish artist - Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Maria de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santisima Trinidad Martir Patricio Ruiz and Picasso. And the longest name on Earth has almost 1,5 thousand letters.

"In Latin America, the imagination of parents is very hot. Therefore, on the streets of Venezuela or Mexico you can meet Taj Mahal Sanchez, Elvis Presley Gomez Maria and even Hitler Euphele Major. Horror, yes? So let's still stick to the traditions and call our children Juanami, Carlos, Andreei, Mariam, Natasha, so that our children will not then scold us for wild fantasies," the cadet summed up.

His countryman Guerrero Rivas Estefani Dalit boasted that according to statistics, Venezuelans are considered one of the happiest peoples on the planet. In her country, even the present Ministry of Happiness has been created. Enjoy life as Venezuelans can not all. The cause for joy for them was even the falling snow, which they first saw in Belarus. And they have many beauties in the country.

"And although I am far from their parameters, but every morning, looking in the mirror, I say to myself: "Someone will be lucky how much happiness he will get." I also asked my Belarusian friend what is female happiness? It turned out that this is when a guy says three cherished words: "I love. Buy it. Let's go. " And if someone did not come to happiness, then it is huge and therefore goes to you in small steps," the girl continued philosophizing.

Everyone is remembered by the student of the Grodno State University from Nigeria Dimaku Ifunai. She introduced the Belarusians to the history of their country, its traditions and national holidays. At the end of her speech, a guest from Africa danced an incendiary dance.

Leyla Tagandurdyeva from Turkmenistan shared her impressions of Belarus. The girl told about Belovezhskaya Pushcha, "Milavitsa" and national Belarusian poets.

"And what a delicious black bread you have: a real boom of taste and aroma. And of course, draniki. Belarus is an amazing country," Leila admired. "It's worth visiting here at least once in your life." There is something for everyone here. Picturesque nature, colorful villages and for fans of folklore is always an unpredictable Belarusian language: the vyaselka is a rainbow, murzilka - dirty, kali caress - it's please.

Twelve participants entered the finals: three representatives of the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, two from the Military Academy, the Mogilev Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Kharkov National University of Internal Affairs of Ukraine, one from the Grodno and Brest State Universities, and the Belarusian State Agrarian Technical University. The orators improvised, debated, answered impromptu on questions on one of the proposed topics: about culture, education, family, freedom of the "free world", the pace of their entertainment, about what would be preferable or police, or the police.

"The "Ciceronium" of this year was unlike all the previous ones, because according to the program it turned out to be quite different. There were many significant events in our republic: it is the century of the Belarusian militia, and 100 years of the October Revolution, and the 500th anniversary of printing, the 800th anniversary of the Belarusian nation, and 850 years of Minsk. Therefore, the subject of the current competition was broad: "Events, people and their affairs" and "100th anniversary of the Belarusian police". The Ukrainian delegation arrived, conducted a tremendous research work, in which it sought out Belarusian policemen who participated in the liquidation of the consequences of the Chernobyl accident and veterans of the Great Patriotic War on the territory of Ukraine. Ukrainian guests brought us beautiful Belarusian material. Colorful performances were also among guests from far abroad countries. The audience reacted with great pleasure to this. This year there are many participants. But not everyone was able to get together - there were a few guys who were rather weak, confused, could not finish the sentence. What does it say? The fact that they have little experience, you need to speak to the audience more often, to be able to overcome through their weaknesses. But we are happy, because competition is growing every year. The fact that students and cadets speak well, including Cicerony, is also worthy of it. Within the framework of the Bologna Process, speaking skills as a teaching discipline is one of the professional competencies. This is the final stage of speech preparation. After all, a police officer communicates with citizens, the media, explains, criticizes, demands. All this needs to be done with certain skills," said the ideological inspirer of the contest - Ph.D. in Philosophy and Education at the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Associate Professor Vasily Golubev.

As a result of the contest, the best speaker was a guest from Ukraine Oksana Kalyada (Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs). Second place was shared by Ilya Myachin (Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs) and Sergey Smolik (Military Academy). On the third line - Andrey Viktorov (Grodno State University), Maria Dudar (Brest State University) and Angelina Nozdrin-Plotnitskaya (Mogilev Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs).

"For me this is the first contest abroad. I passed the selection in our university and came here to Belarus. The level of the contestants is very high - it was not easy to prepare such performances. I was very happy with the victory - I was hoping, but I did not expect it. For me, my friends at the university, who held my fists for me, are also happy. Next year I want to wish inspiration - to prepare good performances and win," Oksana Kalyada said. Among the foreigners, Gragel Kaisales Joebert Ricardo Abel (Venezuela) was recognized as the best. His countrywoman Guerrero Rivas Estefani Dalit became a silver medalist. "Bronze" from Dimaku Ifunai (Nigeria). "From the first year I was studying Russian. The teachers were very pleased and sent me to this contest. Prior to joining Cicero, he participated in the Zlatoust competition of the Military Academy, where he won. When I stand on stage and see that people react positively, listen carefully, somehow I gradually calm down. For his victory he is grateful to his mother, father and God. I also want to say thank you to the teachers who prepared me for the contest," said Gragel Kaisales Joubert Ricardo Abel.

The organization of the event was attended by the "primary" BRYU. The Organizing Committee awarded the winners and prize-winners with cups, diplomas, commemorative medals, valuable gifts (plasma TV, electrical appliances, radio equipment, etc.). The award ceremony ended with a concert by the Minsk City Executive Committee's orchestra.


Sergey Chebotarev,
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