Although it may have been a small crowd gathered at the Stephenville Lions Club, the motivation and enthusiasm was large. Three students from Stephenville High gathered for a friendly competition for the title of Speak Out winner.
Grade 11 student Radhika Verma, spoke eloquently on the advantages and benefits of multilingualism in our schools. While Stephanie Budden weighed in on the controversial topic of banning pitbulls and how she feels it isn’t the animal as much as the human who raises them. Lesley Caines delivered an emotional presentation on how lack of mental health resources are failing our youth.
Following their 5 minute speech, each speaker responded to two questions posed by questioneers while they were scored on the delivery, material and their respective responses of their speech. With informed and emotional speeches on topics of value to each, all received well deserved congratulations from those in the audience.
Speak Out organizer, Lion Corinne Tulk,welcomed and addressed the group and spoke of the importance of maintaining the art of public speaking. How the method of delivery for communication is changing, but only public speaking offers emotion, information and insight.
Anyone who has ever had to stand in front of someone and speak their opinion knows how difficult public speaking can be, but these three young ladies made it look easy, which in turn made it difficult for the judges.
While all are winners in our eyes, ultimately only one can move forward to represent Stephenville Lions Club in the Regional Speak Out on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 2 pm at the Stephenville Lions Club. Winners from level 1 Speak Outs in the southwest area of Newfoundland will compete for the chance to move on to the District Speak Out to be held in Port aux Basques in April.
As for Stephenville’s winner, way to go Radhika…we know you will do us proud! Stay tuned folks…we’ll keep you posted on Radhika’s progress.