Young speakers address Lions Club
Dannevirke Host Lions Club staged the first round of the Lions Young Speechmaker competition on Wednesday, May 9.
Five senior students, four from Dannevirke High School and one from Totara College presented a wide variety of ideas, both in their prepared speeches and in the Impromptu speech on the subject of Chance.
Melody Alexander placed first, speaking about police brutality. Sarah Smith placed second, speaking on Social Anxiety. Trudy Barrow spoke on Why Nurses Have Had Enough, Joel (Charlton) Dean spoke on Armistice Day, an adaptation of his Anzac Day Speech and Sarah Ellis spoke on Net Neutrality.
Each had a noteworthy topic to discuss, and presented their topic with passion and verve, creating for the judges a challenge to decide the placings.
It was pleasing to note that the ideas expressed were in every case well thought through and clearly expressed.
The impromptu topic presented no difficulty for the students, but did make for interesting judging and clearly defined the placings.
Melody Alexander and Sarah Smith will be sponsored to compete in the district final in Masterton by Dannevirke Host Lions while Joel (Charlton) Dean will be sponsored by Norsewood Lions.
This time last year Lauren Carr, Head Girl of Dannevirke High School, went on to win the district and national finals, winning a six-week trip to Canada and USA in January, and will soon featured in the May edition of NZ Lion’s magazine.
THE Lions Young Speechmaker finalists from left: Joel (Charlton) Dean, Alan Carr (DHS HOD English), Trudy Barrow, Sarah Smith, Sarah Ellis and Melody Alexander