A record number of 17 local primary school representatives competed in the Lions Club of Yarrawonga’s Junior Public Speaking Competition recently.
Held at the Yarrawonga Yacht Club the competition featured contestants from Sacred Heart Primary School, Yarrawonga P-12 and Mulwala Public School.
Youth activities are a very important part of Lions and the aim is to give Primary School students the chance to develop their ability to speak in public. The competition is run for primary students in grades 3, 4, 5 and 6. Students are given a topic and are asked to prepare a speech.
Years 3 - 4 are asked to prepare a 3 minute speech and Year 5 and 6 are asked to prepare a 4 minute speech. In addition the Year 5 - 6 students are required to give a short preparation speech. They are provided a topic and are given 10 minutes to prepare a 1 minute response to this topic.
Sacred Heart Primary School was represented by Year 3-4 students; Eva Cummins, Dimity Connell, Ollie Nagle, and Grace Richmond. Years 5-6; Olivia Corso, Ava Loughnan, Eliza Mulquiney and Paige Duffy. Yarrawonga P12 was represented by Year 3-4 students; Mackenzie Clark, Anastaisa Lairson. Year 5-6; Summer Walker, Madelyn Turnell and Eva Wilson. Mulwala Public School was represented by Year 3-4 students; Ruby Thomas and Annabelle Matthews. Year 5-6; James Fraser and Jack Walls.
All competitors should be proud of their efforts and presentation on the day which made the decisions by adjudicators Noel Richmond, Ben Cope and Thomas Hutchison very difficult.
The winner and runners up were;
Grade 3-4 - Club Representative - Annabelle Matthews
Grade 3-4 - Runner up - Dimity Connell
Grade 5-6 - Club Representative - Paige Duffy
Grade 5-6- Runner up - Olivia Corso
A large crowd of over 70 family, friends and well wishers watched the event and enjoyed the day which terminated in a lovely afternoon tea prepared by the Lions Club of Yarrawonga. The Lions Club congratulated all the students who competed and thanked the teachers for their organisation, encouragement and training.
A special thankyou also went to the adjudicators, the Yarrawonga Yacht Club for the use of their premises and also to the efforts of all the Lions and their partners for their assistance with catering and preparation.
A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to all schools for their efforts in preparing for this event. The winners will now go on to complete at the Regional Finals which will be held on Sunday, 6th August 2017.