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Local Youth Speak Out!

Traditions are a great way to build character, values and to bring folks together. Lions love traditions! One such tradition that is highly anticipated by many is the annual Youth Speak Out!

Muskan speaks on the importance of Self Defense trainingHeld locally by clubs, high school youth aged 15-19 are invited to present their values and opinions on a topic of their choice. Each are given the opportunity to

  1. Think about important issues facing them and their community, province/state or nation
  2. Organize their thoughts and ideas into a logical sequence, namely a prepared speech
  3. Express their ideas publicly and defend these ideas when questioned

Judged on delivery and material of their speech, participants are given 5 minutes to present their argument. Following, each are asked two questions and are judged on how they respond to these questions.  The speaker achieving the highest accumulated score is given the title of Speak Out! winner and is awarded the opportunity to continue up the hierarchy of competition vying for the title of Multiple District Speak Out! Champion. 

On Saturday, April 14, 2018 Muskan Khan a Grade 11 student at Stephenville High squared off against Stephenville Crossing component Grade 11 student Jasmine Duffenais. Both young ladies offered compelling information on Sexual Assault and Self Defence. Offered the chance to introduce themselves, Jasmine spoke of her love for public speaking embracing it “as an opportunity for young people to have their voices heard on topics they believe in.” Muskan, too, admitted she enjoys having people hear her voice and admits she has been doing some sort of public speaking since middle school.

{l-r} Jasmine Duffenais and Muskan Khan

Following the judges deliberation, Muskan Khan, Stephenville Lions speaker was presented with 1st place receiving an award plaque and a cheque for $100. Muskan will go on to compete at the District Level on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville. 

Congrats to both speakers and we wish Muskan well in the District competition!


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