Students learn the power of words at Rotary public speaking comp

BIG NIGHT: Shannah Schroeder, Mr Houlahan and Chloe Bennetts from Wauchope High at the Rotary Public Speaking Competition.

BIG NIGHT: Shannah Schroeder, Mr Houlahan and Chloe Bennetts from Wauchope High at the Rotary Public Speaking Competition.

Speaking in public is near the top of the list in most people’s worst fears, but for these young people, it’s an enjoyable challenge.

On Tuesday night the Rotary Public Speaking Competition was held in Wauchope.

This year there were three students who participated, two from Wauchope High and one from St Joseph’s Regional High School.

The students were required to speak for five minutes on a topic of their choice. They were required to address at least one aspect of the Rotary 4-way test in their speech. These are:

  • Is it the truth?
  • Is it fair to all concerned?
  • Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Chloe Bennetts was the first speaker and she spoke about the power of words. She regaled the audience with quotes from Shakespeare as well as other anecdotes.

Shannah, Jazmin and Chloe.

Shannah, Jazmin and Chloe.

Chloe was followed by Jazmin Lindsay-Favelle from St Joseph’s Regional College who spoke about the actual and potential uses of biomedical data.  This could open up a brave, new world or a horror scenario in the future.

The final speaker was Shannah Schroeder who spoke about courage. This was a beautiful speech straight from the heart which looked at the different types of courage from a social and personal viewpoint.

“The judges were complimentary to all speakers being impressed with the delivery and content of the speeches,” said teacher Mr Houlahan.

“Valuable feedback was given which should put these students in good stead for future speeches and presentations.

“However, there can only be one winner and how apt that it was Pa, an ex Wauchope High student announced that the winner was Shannah who will proceed to the next round of the competition.

Mr Houlahan said it was a lovely evening with great warmth and hospitality being shown to the guests by the Wauchope Rotary Club.

Shannah Schroeder with Wauchope Rotary president, Reg Pierce.

Shannah Schroeder with Wauchope Rotary president, Reg Pierce.

“It was also lovely to see the speakers supported by their friends and families. Next year I am hoping that more Wauchope students take on this valuable exercise as the benefits to the speakers are enormous,” he added.

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