Legion hosts annual speech competition

 

By Aaron Jahn

Family and friends were on hand Sunday as the Legion hosted their Annual speech contest for students from Grades 1 through 12.

Ruth Ann Rocheleau, Youth Education Chair for Branch 281, and the organizer of the event, said that she was impressed with the students competing this year.

“We had nine altogether and we had two students that spoke in French this year, which we’ve never had before.  I thought they were very good this year, they all try very hard,” said Rocheleau.  “And not only the public speaking, but when we did the posters this year we had four that went on to zone.  We had one first prize and three second places in zone for the posters and essays.”

 

The winners of the speech contest from Grades 4-6 and 7-9 and the Essay Contest winner from grade 4-6 show off their certificates they received from the Legion. The Winners (L to R) are Randi Shiells, Essay contest, Megan Veldhuis first in 4-6, Christian Stella first in 7-9, Mario Demarco, Kenzie Whited and Ellie Vipond. Veldhuis and Stella will be moving on to compete in the Zone competitions next month.

Topics ranged from the computer game Mindcraft, to saving the Earth, to Billy the kid.  The first place winner in the Grades 4-6 category, Megan Veldhuis, won the judges over with a humorous “top ten ways to annoy telemarketers” speech and the grades 7-9 winner Christian Stella, recounted his adventures as a member of the accident prone.  Both will be going to the Zone competitions in Belle River.  Rocheleau says that many of the competitors were winners at their schools.

“They have public speaking in the school’s themselves and the winners come here to the Legion,” said Rocheleau.  “From here they go onto zone and if they win there they go to district and as high as provincial with prizes along the way.  Zone is being held at Branch 338 in Belle River on March 18.”

 

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