Rotary hosts speakers competition
THE ROTARY Club of Oban held its annual Young Speakers competition on Wednesday June 14 at the Royal Hotel.
The competition, open to primary six and seven pupils, saw 15 youngsters take part representing Barcaldine, Dalmally, Dunbeg, Taynuilt, Lochnell, Rockfield and St Columba’s primary schools.
The young speakers are judged by members of Oban Speakers’ Club and, in his summing up, the chairman of the judging panel said the standard just gets better and better with this year’s competition in overall terms probably the best yet.
The winner was Dylan Howe from Lochnell school, who gave an outstanding performance speaking to the pros and cons of social media.
Megan Day from Taynuilt came in second on the subject of women in NASA.
Third equal were Kirsty McClymont, representing Rockfield, and Sophie Houston, also from Taynuilt, whose subjects were animal testing and the importance of bees respectively.
The winners received cash prizes with all participants getting a personalised Rotary certificate for taking part.
The event was well-attended by Rotarians and supporters of the participants with refreshments on hand, courtesy of the Royal Hotel. The evening was brought to a close by Oban Rotary president Graham Fraser who thanked everyone for their contribution to what turned out to be an enjoyable and rewarding event.
Winner Dylan Howe with, to his left, Sophie Houston and, right, Megan Day and Kirsty McClymont, behind, along with Oban Rotary’s organising team.