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.

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