Some­thing to dis­cuss

Speak Off par­tic­i­pants share their thoughts; Kee­gan Mal­lay ad­vanc­ing to zone com­pe­ti­tion

The Southern Gazette - - YOUTH - BY COLIN FAR­RELL

Stu­dents’ con­vic­tion in the top­ics they chose to speak about shined through as they took to the podium at the Marys­town Li­ons Club Ju­nior Speak Off May 16.

With six stu­dents tak­ing part, the top­ics ranged from how run­ning can ben­e­fit your life to the war on lit­er­acy. The stu­dents all made a strong ar­gu­ment for their topic.

Kee­gan Mal­lay, who spoke on the im­por­tance of fem­i­nism, was the win­ner of the lo­cal speak off. She will ad­vance to the zone speak off next month in Bay L’Ar­gent

“I am very sur­prised,” she told The South­ern Gazette fol­low­ing the event. “Ev­ery­one did a re­ally good job, so I was very shocked that I won, but I’m very happy too.”

Kee­gan is look­ing for­ward to mov­ing on the zone event.

Judges for the event of­fered her and the other stu­dents some notes on their per­for­mance fol­low­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

“They made good sug­ges­tions,” said Kee­gan. “I’ve al­ways had a prob­lem with pro­ject­ing my voice, so I’m glad they brought it up so I can work on it.”

Kee­gan Mal­lay has ad­vanced to the Li­ons Ju­nior Speak Off zone com­pe­ti­tion to be held in Bay L’Ar­gent June 3. Pic­tured are Lion Harry Cooze and Kee­gan.

Six stu­dents com­peted in the an­nual Li­ons Ju­nior Speak Off May 16 at the Marys­town Li­ons Club. From left: par­tic­i­pants Karen Sharpe, Kevin Power, Ja­cob Far­rell, Kee­gan Mal­lay, Olivia Ryan and Is­abella Ryan

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