Tok teen makes it two in a row
Tokoroa High School student Jay Mclaren-harris has done it again.
For the second year in a row the year 13 student has been named overall winner of the Senior English category during the coveted 2017 Nga Manu Korero Waikato Region Secondary School Speech contest.
The contest, which this year was held in Tokoroa, has been running for over 50 years. It’s intended to encourage the development of skills and confidence of students in spoken English and Maori through prepared and impromptu speeches.
There are four categories on offer including Senior Maori, Senior English, Junior Maori, and Junior English.
Jay placed first in the Senior English impromptu speech category and second in the prepared. Due to his almost perfect marks in both he won the Senior English category overall.
‘‘I’ve been doing it for four years now and besides the first year this was definitely the most intense and nerve racking time on the stage as it’s my last year doing it,’’ he said.
‘‘It was good though to have some of the school come down. We even had the acting principal at the time, a few teachers and the head boy so that was a nice surprise.’’ This year’s prepared speech topic was Without Foresight or Vision People Would be Lost so Jay, who has a keen political interest, naturally took a political stance.
And for his impromptu speech, politics again was the focus.
‘‘For the impromptu the topic was ‘If I could be someone for the day I would be...’ and so I talked about Winston Peters, Dr Lance O’sullivan, and Sir James Henare,’’ he said.
‘‘Most people only talked about one person whereas I talked about three and one of the head judges of the English section said he was impressed with the amount of Maori people used.’’
Tokoroa High School has now won the award 12 years consecutively and dean of Te Rito Keinan Ngapo said he couldn’t be prouder.
‘‘There were some 24 schools in each section so there was a lot of competition but Jay was amazing and he even made me cry,’’ he said.
Jay is now set for a few weeks off before he starts preparing for the national competition which takes place in New Plymouth from September 22-24. Burglaries We had five burglaries in the industrial area in Tokoroa where vehicles and cash have been targeted.
We are aware we have got this problem in the industrial area at the moment and have increased our patrolling.
We’re looking at every possible avenue we can to catch these fellas but realistically the most valuable information, which we are not getting enough of, is help from the community by people calling when they see suspicious activity.
We got one call where we arrested a man who was not carrying out a burglary but who was breaching his court conditions. He’s now being held in custody and we need more of these sorts of calls.
Some of these incidents are happening as early as 5pm so stay vigilant.
The other message here is to not leave any valuable items in vehicles because these people will break in.
Business owners also need to remember not to leave any cash in tills.
*Senior Sergeant Jason Henderson
More success for Jay Mclaren-harris during the 2017 Nga Manu Korero speech contest.