Sophie Dodunski, left, of Highlands Intermediate, was third, Oliver Jull, of Mangorei School, was second and Cooper Ferguson, of Ōakura School, won the contest.
Ten young speakers wowed an audience of family members, friends, teachers and students at the Pukekura Toastmasters North Taranaki Schools Year 7 and 8 Students’ Speech Contest on Friday 29 October.
North Taranaki schools were invited to enter one Year 7 or 8 student at this annual event hosted by Pukekura Toastmasters.
As with every year, the calibre of speeches was outstanding, and the audience enraptured with each student’s presentation.
Passion and enthusiasm was evident as thought-provoking content was shared, with a touch of humour sprinkled throughout the evening.
Topics ranged from chocolate biscuits and lazy days, to equality, prejudice and plastic waste – enlightening the audience of the issues pertinent to Year 7 and 8 students.
This year was the 37th anniversary of the event run by Pukekura Toastmasters.
Appreciation goes to Todd Energy who sponsored the event and venue for the third year running.
This year’s winner, with a speech titled ‘Why Chit Chats are better than Tim Tams’ was Cooper Ferguson from Ōakura School.
In second place, Oliver Jull from Mangorei School with ‘Weird and Wacky Laws’, and in third place, Sophie Dodunski from Highlands Intermediate with ‘Why we should have one lazy day per week’.
“The contest offers an environment outside of school for students to gain experience in public speaking and presenting to a wider audience. The Toastmasters brand is, ‘Where Leaders are Made,’ and this event is an opportunity for us to give back to the community and support our future leaders,” club president Kane Liddall said.
“We are delighted to continue the tradition of this event and congratulate all entrants – the talent was exceptional.”