Youth Benalla Lions

Students impress with public speaking skills

23 July 2018

A junior public speaking competition held by Lions in Benalla yesterday shone a light on the district’s future leaders.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan, who was one of three judges for the competition, said she was impressed by the exceptionally high standard of the competition.

The competition required students to deliver their speeches from the stage without the use of props, photos it slideshows. The competition was divided into students in Years 3/4 and students in Years 5/6.

“The competition was tough. In addition to being judged on the content and delivery of their speeches, students in years 5 and 6 were required to answer an impromptu question, “should junk food be banned?” with just 10 minutes to prepare their response.

“It takes guts to get up in front of a room full of people to deliver a speech but all of the students did it very well. The competition was of a very high standard.

Strathbogie’s Charli Hill won the Grade 5/6 category with her speech about Strathbogie township while Violet Town’s Isaac King took home the Grade 3/4 trophy for his speech about the Violet Town library.

The Lions junior public speaking competition has been running for 10 years in the 201V6 district.

“Margaret Poels and other Lions volunteers put in a great deal of work each year to run the competition. It’s a wonderful initiative of Lions and I congratulate the Lions who made sure it was yet another success.”

Ms Ryan said all of the competitors could be proud of their efforts.

“Surveys have shown that public speaking regularly tops the list of people’s greatest fears, with many fearing it even more than death,” Ms Ryan said.

“The competition gives young people the skills to debate subjects with confidence and all of them can be proud of their performance.” 

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