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Youngsters were in fine voice for Oban Rotary’s 2019 Young Speakers Competition recently.
The competition, which involves Primary 6 and 7 youngsters speaking on a subject of their choice for three to four minutes, was held last Wednesday evening at the Perle hotel.
Eighteen students from the local primary schools took part and once again each presentation was in the outstanding category, leaving MC for the night, Rotary President Iain MacIntyre, wondering what superlatives are left to describe this competition.
The students were ably supported by their families and teachers, with each speaker being loudly applauded by the large audience.
The winner of the competition was David Simpson from Rockfield Primary School speaking on ‘The importance of talking as an alternative to technology’. In second place was Zofia Dobrzyn (St Columbas) with her chosen subject being ‘China and Nepal arguing over Mt Everest’. And third was Charlotte Moreland (St Columbas), whose topic was ‘Technology and how it is changing the world’.
The winner received the Oban Rotary Young Speakers Quaich, with all three receiving monetary prizes.
The adjudicators were Bill Leech, Eamon Arthur and Alex Clark who are members of Oban Speakers Club.
In his final summing up, Mr MacIntyre emphasised the importance of being able to speak to an audience if one is to have a successful career in the modern world.
Caption: Winner David Simpson with President MacIntyre, Bill Leech, the principal adjudicator, and the other competitors.