Rotary speech contest highlights ethical standards

Student Anannya Chaudry has won Howick Rotary Club’s annual speech contest.

The club held its annual Brian Hanlon Howick College 4 – Way Test Speech Contest for Year 9 and 10 students last week.

Four finalists – Amber Vodanovich, Hope Milo, Max Louw and Anannya – presented some thought-provoking speeches to a large audience of their families, college organising teachers and Rotary club guests and members. Toastmasters organisation members Devi Subramaniam and Deborah Geisler were on hand to judge the speeches.

The speeches were judged on the basis of points awarded for content, organisation and delivery with the overall winner being the person with the best cumulative ranking.

The winner on the night was Anannya whose subject was “Derogatory Speech”. Devi, who was lead judge, also provided the contestants with some adjudication comments and remarked on the “very high standard that the students had achieved”.

The contest is held annually and this year was organised by college teachers Tom Stacey and Ann Botha in conjunction with Rotary’s Youth Committee director Rob Mouncey.

It commemorates former long serving Rotarian and past President Brian Hanlon’s contribution to the community and to education.

Anannya Chaudry delivering her Trophy winning speech.

Rotary President Mike Abercrombie said: “The contest is one of the highlights of the Rotary year particularly in relation to the many youth support projects that the club undertakes and it is really pleasing to see the confidence that these young people demonstrated in presenting their speeches”.

The awards for the night included gift vouchers from Paper Plus in Howick with the winner also receiving the Brian Hanlon Trophy. Katie Treneman, owner of Paper Plus, said: “She was really happy to support Rotary in their efforts to encourage the development of young people in the community.”

President Mike Abercrombie concluded the evening: “Rotary people are involved in many different community projects while having a great social time together so anyone interested in becoming a member should contact membership director Ian Fox Mob 021662 896 or email ian@fox.co.nz.”

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