Speak­ing out

Meet the win­ner of the Port aux Basques Li­ons Club SpeakOut.

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROS­ALYN ROY

It was her first time par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Port aux Basques Li­ons Club speak-out and some ner­vous­ness was ev­i­dent as Kayla War­ren talked about STEM op­por­tu­ni­ties for ru­ral youth.

The ner­vous­ness abated, how­ever, as her pas­sion for the sub­ject be­came ev­i­dent and Kayla han­dled, with con­fi­dence and ease, the fol­low-up from ques­tion­ers Bruce Bur­ton and Don Payne.

Kayla was cho­sen the win­ner of the Feb. 28 event by judges Betty Goodyear, Wendy Os­mond and Cathy Wood­man.

Un­ac­cus­tomed to pub­lic speak­ing, the St. James High School se­nior de­cided to en­ter the event as prac­tice for an­other event in May

“I was cho­sen vale­dic­to­rian,” Kayla ex­plained, “so I wanted to get in some prac­tice.”

Hav­ing won the lo­cal tour­na­ment, Kayla will get at least one more chance to prac­tice when she rep­re­sents Port-aux-Basques in the re­gional tour­na­ment in Stephenville on March 26.

Should she prove triumphant once again, Kayla would par­tic­i­pate in the Li­ons District tour­na­ment in Port-aux-Basques later this year. The win­ner of that con­test will move on to par­tic­i­pate in the mul­ti­ple district tour­na­ment in New Brunswick, fea­tur­ing win­ners of Li­ons Speak-out from all At­lantic prov­inces.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Li­ons In­ter­na­tional Speak-out win­ner Kayla War­ren ac­cepted her plaque from Doreen War­ren, the of­fi­cial timer, at the Li­ons Club in Port aux Basques.

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