Young speak­ers ad­dress Lions Club

Bush Telegraph - - Bush Telegraph Trades And Services Directory - By DAVID WORBOYS Lions Club judge

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

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