Public Speak-Off at the Legion

Written by Major Roy Randell

The Annual Royal Canadian Legion Public Speaking contest was held on Sunday, March 4th at Branch 238 in Fenelon Falls. There was much excitement as about 85 people came out to hear the young speakers. There were two schools represented in Langton Public School and Fenelon Township School in Cameron.

IMG-2055We had 8 participants and the subjects were very interesting and presented very well.

Legion President Arlene Coleman Legion and Legion Youth Education Rep. Major Roy Randell welcomed everyone to the event and mentioned the participants were all winners in getting so far.  It was great that teachers and parents encouraged the youth and attended the event.

First place in the Grades 4-6 category went to Lyla Verlint-Slykhuis of Langton Public School who spoke on Dog Behaviour. First place in the Grades 7-9 category was Aiden Marr of Fenelon Township School who spoke on How Trees Communicate. Both students go on to the Zone level competition at the Royal Canadian Legion in Coboconk on March 25th. We wish them every success!

A delicious lunch was provided for one and all as the judges deliberated and the names were being printed onto certificates. The Legion kitchen was staffed by Marlene Haines –Hampton, Val Elliot, and Pat Vader, who together provided the refreshments.

The Judges for the event were Rob Jardine, Joan Whyte Elliot, and Major Charlene Randell. The Scrutineers  were Ian Coleman and Johanna Sutton Roy. Time Keepers: Fern Bellwood and Jim Tesoriere. Room Set-up, Take down and Runner: John Mangan. Registration: Arlene Coleman.

Certificates: Jackie Walter. Special Consultants: Arlene Coleman, Jackie Walter, Paul Leduc.

Special thanks to all teachers, parents, and students. See you next year.


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