Junior speechmakers compete at contest
The Pahiatua Lions Junior Speechmaker Contest, now in its 32nd year, was held on Wednesday evening.
Over the preceding few weeks, hundreds of students in primary schools all around the district have been busy writing and giving short speeches.
This important skill has been supported by dozens of teachers and parents culminating in the best speakers from each school being selected to speak at this event.
The contestants entertained a large audience of family, friends, teachers and Lions Club members with a variety of speeches on a wide range of topics from plastic waste, and the Speechmaker Shield.
In third place was Tiari Aspinal of Pahiatua School with his speech about luck.
Second place went to Sam Mabey from Ballance School with a well-researched and delivered speech about earthquakes.
However, in first place was Victoria Te Waaka from St. Anthony’s School who spoke with conviction about ethnicity.
At the conclusion of the evening, Tararua College’s head boy, Jerome McClean-Burton, who is also an accomplished speechmaker, spoke about how impressed he had been with the speeches and how important speechmaking is throughout life.
Front row: Sam Mabey, Victoria Te Waaka, Tiari Aspinal. Middle row: Grace Chase, Jessica Fraser, Emma Thorneycroft, Jason Tiddy, Lucy Allomes. Back row: Briona Alderson and Jerome McClean-Burton.
Victoria Te Waaka delivering her winning speech.