Ro­tary Club Hosts Speech Competition at Stanstead Col­lege

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - Made­line Mul­hol­land Stanstead

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.

photo Made­line Mul­hol­land

Ro­tary Club’s Allen Smith, Leah David­son, Pierre Emond and Club Pres­i­dent Jan Draper.

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