Speech to re­mem­ber

LeShane earns Bac­calieu Li­ons Club public speak­ing crown

The Compass - - NEWS - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

A well-spo­ken and ar­tic­u­late Zachary LeShane claimed his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive Bac­calieu Li­ons Club high school public speak­ing crown on Mar. 3.

The Level III stu­dent from Gull Is­land beat out five other contestants in a highly com­pet­i­tive field.

Speak­ing on New­found­land and Labrador’s econ­omy, LeShane im­pressed judges with his knowl­edge on the sub­ject, his con­fi­dence at the podium and with the vigour in which he an­swered ques­tions.

The judges praised all contestants for the brav­ery it took to take part in the com­pe­ti­tion, and com­pli­mented them on the wide range of top­ics cov­ered. Speeches fo­cused on men­tal health (Tori Oliver), com­mu­ni­ca­tion (Tif­fany How­ell), the Do­min­ion of New­found­land and Labrador (Blake Pot­ter), tech­nol­ogy (Drake Trem­blay) and athe­ism (Drew LeShane).

Each speaker brought their top game as they ver­bally du­eled for the bet­ter part of an hour. How­ever, it was Zachary that walked away with the top prize and punched his ticket to the zone com­pe­ti­tion be­ing held Mar. 25 at the Li­ons Club in Bay Roberts.

North­ern Bay’s How­ell picked up the prize for sec­ond place, while Oliver rounded out the top three. Plac­ing sec­ond means How­ell can also at­tend the dis­trict com­pe­ti­tion.

Should ei­ther How­ell or Zachary LeShane be un­able to at­tend the event, Oliver will be given the chance to fill their spot.

At the dis­trict com­pe­ti­tion, the win­ners from the Bay Roberts and Car­bon­ear/Vic­to­ria Lion’s Club com­pe­ti­tions will join How­ell and Zachary.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Six stu­dents from Bac­calieu Col­le­giate com­peted in the Bac­calieu Li­ons Club public speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion held at the school in Old Per­li­can on March 3. Zachary LeShane was named the win­ner, while Tif­fany How­ell and Tori Oliver rounded out the top three. Par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event were, from left, Tori Oliver, Drew LeShane, Blake Pot­ter, Drake Trembley, Zachary LeShane and Tif­fany How­ell.

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