Posted on Sep 08, 2017
4th September 2017 Rotary Youth Speech Competition
On Monday evening, students of schools around the district, their families and friends gathered in the hall and library at South Otago High School to see Year 7 and Year 8 contestants stand and speak about their chosen topic. They had to prepare a 3-4 minute speech and it was apparent that hours of work had been put in to writing and practising. Every speech was incredibly interesting and students spoke confidently and passionately, making a difficult job for us judges! We can all be extremely proud of the contestants for their hard work and proud to have such socially conscious children in our district.
After tallying up the judges' scoresheets, the 2017 speech competition winners are:
                    Year 7                                        Year 8
1st Place     Jess Crawford (Clutha Valley)    Anton Hutton (Rosebank)
Runner Up   Pagan Cross (Balclutha)             Luanna Valli (Clutha Valley)
Runner Up   Xavier Kee (Balclutha)                Sam Williams (Clinton)
More photos below...
On Thursday, the finalists and their families and friends attended the meeting of Rotary Club of Balclutha so other club members could enjoy the winning speeches.
In Year 7:
Xavier Kee spoke about pollution.
Pagan Cross spoke about why children should have pets.
Jess Crawford spoke about the biggest global issue being children living in poverty.
In Year 8:
Sam Williams spoke about John Kirwan should be on the next NZ banknote.
Anton Hutton spoke about the biggest global issue being plastic waste.
Luanna Valli could not attend our meeting but at the competition she spoke about the biggest global issue being war.
Rotary Club of Balclutha thanks all the students for their hard work entering the speech competition and the winners for speaking at our meeting. Congratulations to you all, we look forward to your future achievements in the community.
Sam Williams, Anton Hutton, Daniel Fenton (Balclutha Rotary Club President), Pagan Cross, Jess Crawford, Xavier Kee