by Deron Johnston
This past Tuesday, February 28, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 212 Kemptville hosted their annual youth public speaking contest. A crowd of about 60 enthusiastic parents and supporters watched and listened as the fifteen participants spoke about a wide variety of topics from refugees to speech writing for speaking contests.
The judges had their work cut out for them as all speakers were well-spoken and prepared. The top three finishers in the Grade Four to Grade Six Division were: 1st – Milana Luberto, 2nd – Coulton Kelsey and 3rd Oban Mombourquette. The top three finishers in the Grade Seven to Grade Nine Division were: 1st Emika Niven, 2nd – Emily Hallman and 3rd – Lauren Juneau.
Public speaking is not an easy thing to do at any age, and these young people were all very impressive. Being an effective public speaker is often the sign of a leader. If this is true, we’ve definitely got some impressive leadership potential in our area schools. Congratulations to all of the speakers who participated.