Sophie Tulk of Villanova Junior High School was deemed the winner at the Conception Bay South Lions Club’s Junior Speak Out held April 3 at the Lions Den.
There were seven participants who made speeches and then responded to one question each from retired Mountie Boyd Merrill. The event was judged by Dr. Noreen Golfman of Memorial University as well as Jan Hardy Walsh and Lion Bill Haynes.
Tulk’s speech was entitled “Why You Should Donate Blood.” The first runner-up was Reagan Scott, a Frank Roberts Junior High student, who presented her ideas on “Why Kids Should Have an Allowance.” The second runner-up, Hope Bishop-Frizzell of Frank Roberts Junior High, shared her opinion on “Why there should be a female baseball division in the 2021 Canada Summer Games.”
The other speakers and their topics were Holy Spirit student Rachel Moores (Get the Teens off the Tech: The Negative effects of Technology on Teenagers), Frank Roberts student Jara Chisholm (Should Newfoundland and Labrador create a community compositing system?), Paige Burton, representing Admirals Academy, (Depression and Anxiety) and Brianna Bowen of Villanova Junior High (Why Prisons are not Effective). Each speaker was complimented for their well-researched and insightful ideas.
Dr. Golfman, as adjudicator, commented on the excellence of all the presentations and offered constructive suggestions. All seven participants received a cheque and plaque in recognition of their public speaking skills.
Entertainment for the evening was provided by Darcy Scott of Queen Elizabeth High School, whose vocal and guitar performance captivated the audience. At the conclusion of the evening, parents, friends and members of the CBS Lions Club enjoyed refreshments, as they congratulated all those involved in the Speak Out.