Rotary Club Hosts Speech Competition at Stanstead College
On Monday evening Stanstead College hosted the 2011 Rotary Club speech competition for the club’s local district #7850. Participants were Grade 11 students Leah Davidson of Alexander Galt High School and Pierre Emond of Stanstead College.
Each year Rotary Club International sponsors a speech contest. The preliminary competitions commence each Fall and are held at the local Club level, while winning partic- ipants continue on to each subsequently higher level; the Assistant Governor Area and finally District levels. Winning contestants are awarded financial prizes. The contest is open to local high school students, encouraging them to research and prepare a five minute speech they are willing to present to a panel of judges in hopes of winning a prize.
The speeches are prepared from a series of preselected topics selected by the club and focusing on their Four Way Test; ‘Service Above Self’ and the club’s current year’s international theme. This year’s presidential theme is ‘Building Communities, Bridging Continents’.
Some of the judging criteria are content, organization of subject material, delivery and audience experience. Although both students presented strong speeches, and judges congratulated both on the strengths of their presentations, Leah Davidson received a higher overall score. She was awarded the first prize of $75.00 while Pierre Emond was awarded a prize of $25.00. Leah will now carry on to the next level of competition.
Rotary Club’s Allen Smith, Leah Davidson, Pierre Emond and Club President Jan Draper.