Public Speaking Championships choose two County winners
by Sandy Lindsay

March 22, 2017


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(L-R) Cayley Rennick (Hepworth), Rishab Roychowdhury (Northport), Viviane Weiland (Mildmay), Aubrey Urbshott (Arran-Tara), Kate Leppington (Ripley)

(L-R) Carter Snowbelen (Ripley), Cameron MacKenzie (Mildmay), Chelby Morris (ePESC), Maggie Boyes (Amabel-Sauble), Lily Merrifield (Chesley)

Family, friends and students filled the auditorium at St. Joseph's school in Port Elgin on Wednesday (Mar. 22nd) when the Bruce County Public Speaking Championships were held. 

The three judges had a difficult time deciding the winners as best speakers in the grade 4-6 division and the grade 7-8 division.

Judges (L-R) Doreen Schultz, Communication official from GBCDSB, BWDSB trustee Jan Johnstone and Bruce County Warden Mitch Twolan

"It was very difficult," said Bluewater Trustee Jan Johnstone. "The speakers were passionate about their subjects and had obviously well researched them.  They also told a story and had the audience engaged.  It was a tough decision to arrive at two winners."

This year’s Junior winners were : Chelby Morris 1st, Lily Merrifield 2nd, Cameron MacKenzie 3rd. 

Chelby Morris (1st place Jr.)

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Intermediates: Kate Leppington 1st, Aubrey Urbshott 2nd, Rishab Roychowdhury 3rd

Kate Leppington (1st place Int.)

"We would like to thank St. Joseph’s for hosting the event, our judges  and especially Bruce County Council for their continued support of the event," said Northport Principal Bill Colley who emceed the event.

The two winners have been invited to speak at County Council on April 6th and Bluewater Board Trustee also extended an invitation to the winners to speak at a Board of Education meeting in Chesley in April.

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