Local kids test their skills at Effective Speaking competition
If you have ever given a speech, think about how your 10-year-old self would handle it.
That’s exactly what Peterborough children will be doing to prepare for the Effective Speaking contest, hosted by the Peterborough Lions, the East Peterborough Lions and the Peterborough Lioness clubs.
The local contest is set for Feb. 23 at the Peterborough Lions community centre, 347 Burnham St.
The annual event welcomes children and youths ages in public, separate and private schools, as well as home-schooled students. Family members are encouraged to attend.
The contest develops public speaking ability, self-confidence and creativity. There are four competition levels in both English and French.
The youth division includes kids in grades 2 and grade 3; junior, grades 4, 5 and 6; intermediate, grades 7, 8 and 9; senior division, grades 10 11 and 12.
The youth division began as a local contest only, and now includes the district competition as well. The youth division contest has proven to be popular among entrants.
“The interest is there,” said contest co-ordinator Elaine Laliberte.
The contest is open to all.
While some schools hold their own mini version of the speaking contest and advance their winners, the Lions encourage all interested students to apply.
All participants will receive a certificate and small cash prize.
Students who place in the top three of each division will move on to the district challenge. The district speak-off is slated for March and 23 also takes place in Peterborough.
The top finishers at the district level will move forward to the final May 2 to May 4 in St. Catharines.
Top prizes include $500 for the overall junior division winner and $1,000 for overall intermediate and senior winners. Contestants can register ahead of time or on the day of the local event.
On-site registration for Grade 2 through Grade 6 starts at 9 a.m., with speeches getting underway at 10 a.m. Sign-ups for Grade 7 through Grade 12 takes place at noon, with speeches beginning at 1 p.m. For details, contact Elaine Laliberte at 705-740-2288 or via email at [email protected]terboroughlions.ca.
The Peterborough Historical Society hosts The New Canadian Centre and Diversity in Peterborough.
It takes place Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m., Lions community centre, 347 Burnham St. Guest speaker is Hajni Hos, executive director of the New Canadian Centre.