Joint speaking award win­ners

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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.

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