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James and Tessa are Deniliquin Lions champions

The Deniliquin Lions Public Speaking competition was held at the Deniliquin RSL Club on Sunday.

July 22, 2014 3:35am

South School speakers James Selleck (back), Annie Barling, Chelsea Free, Tessa Bulmer and Sophie Perrin with North School’s Emma McCallum, Charlie Dudley, Zoe Metcalfe, Sophie Bashford (front), Tess Hunter and Sophie Murray.


James Thomson and Tessa Bulmer were crowned the winners of the junior and senior Lions Public Speaking competitions, respectively, on Sunday.

More than 80 people attended the afternoon event at the Deniliquin RSL Club, where Year 3 to 6 students from Deniliquin North and South public schools contested for the Lions Club prize.

Years 3 to 4 students were asked to present a three-minute prepared speech on ‘An Australian Holiday’, while Years 5 to 6 students prepared a four-minute speech on ‘A Toast to Someone You Admire’.

The senior students also had to present a one-minute impromptu speech on the topic, ‘What would you do if you were the mayor of Deniliquin?’.

Lions Club secretary Irene Duffy said the aim of the competition was to provide students with the opportunity to extend their public speaking skills and experience.

‘‘The level of competition was high with the students making it difficult for the judges to decide on the winners,’’ she said.

‘‘The ‘A Toast to Someone You Admire’ speech gave students the opportunity to honour a person in the local community. Several students chose to toast a family member such as a grandfather or grandmother.

‘‘The competition also complements the schools’ public speaking programs.’’

James and Tessa will be competing at the Lions Club’s regional competition at Finley in August. If successful at regionals, they go on to district level in September.

Competing from Years 3 to 4 were Charlie Dudley, Sophie Bashford, Sophie Murray, James Thomson, James Selleck and Annie Barling.

Year 5 and 6 competitors were Tess Hunter, Emma McCallum, Zoe Metcalf, Tessa Bulmer, Chelsea Free and Sophie Perrin.

Honourable mentions went to Sophie Bashford and Chelsea Free.

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