Joint speaking award winners
Jameela Day from Ararat’s Marian College and Jaelyn Brand, Beaufort Secondary College, were joint winners of a Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award regional final in Ararat.
James Mullin from Ararat College was runner-up.
Judges struggled to select a winner at the conclusion of prepared and impromptu speeches and it was chief judge Robyn Clelland who declared a tie.
The regional final at Ararat’s Astor Cinema, with Melbourne Legatee Ian Harrison master of ceremonies, featured 11 students from Ararat, Marian and Beaufort colleges.
Organisers were impressed with the quality of presentations, remarking that all contestants spoke with passion and conviction on chosen topics.
Jameela presented on the topic ‘Discrimination against Aborigines and Torres Straight islanders’, Jaelyn presented on ‘Foster care needs to be fixed’ and James spoke about ‘Students with special needs’.
Jameela and Jaelyn will now represent Ararat Legacy at a preliminary final in Bendigo on September 12. If successful, they then have the opportunity to go onto a Victorian final in late October.
Ararat Legacy president Rosemary Perry, in presenting certificates to participants, said the organisation was continually amazed by the confidence and capability of the region’s youth.