The national finals of the Lions Clubs Young Speechmaker contest were held at Botany Downs Secondary College, Howick, Auckland yesterday.
121 students entered the contest held recently in seven Lions districts throughout the country, with 16 going through to the final.
Sponsored by Entertainment International NZ Ltd, the annual event has been held for over 40 years, with this year’s winner receiving a trip to Canada and the United States during the Christmas/New Year holidays. Second place-getter receives a trip to Australia, and third place receives a placement at an international youth camp at Lake Okataina near Rotorua.
Open to 17 to 20-year-olds, each entrant makes a five-minute prepared speech and an impromptu speech of up to two minutes.
Contest organiser, Kerry Beach of Hamilton, is amazed at the talent of contestants. “Each year you think they can’t get any better, but they do. That’s why we need to have strict judging criteria”, he said. Judges consider voice and grammar, speech structure, development and speech value and effectiveness.
Congratulations are due to all finalists - young people from throughout New Zealand who gave the nearly 100 attending the national final a great day’s entertainment. How rewarding it is to see the young people who are the future of our nation all performing to such a high standard. Congratulations too, to Lion Kerry Beech who again successfully organised the contestants and was Master of Ceremonies on the day. The winner was THOMAS MOSS sponsored by Hamilton-Chartwell Lions Club, District 202L. Second was OSCAR SHAW sponsored by Karori Lions Club, District 202M. Third was MANISHA SAINI, sponsored by Tokoroa & Districts Lions Club, District 202L.
To hear Oscar's speech, click here.