Lo­cal kids test their skills at Ef­fec­tive Speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion

The Peterborough Examiner - - Local - ALEXSANDRA THOMP­SON alexsan­dra_thomp­[email protected]­hoo.com

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.

Pub­lic lec­ture

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.

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