PARRY SOUND - In March, the Parry Sound Lion’s Club held its Effective Speaking competition at the Parry Sound High School.
Winners of the Effective Speaking competition.
William Beatty teacher representative Leslie Downing, left, with two winners of the Effective Speaking competition, Joel Bishop and Justin Denman, and Lion Chair Keith Gardner.
The top 25 competitors from Nobel, McDougall, MacTier, Humphrey, Victory and William Beatty public school were on hand. Many thanks from the Lion’s to Jim Scrimgeour, Amy Quinn, Melanie Gray, Lisa Corris, Sabrina Wesley and Leslie Downing. They are the teachers who organized the speak offs in their respective schools. Many thanks also going out to the judges, Joan Walton, Edie and Daniel Verite. The timekeeper was John Jockson. Thanks also going out to the registration team of Bob young and Cec Mymko.
After and incredible evening of public speaking here’s how things wound up: Justin Denman and Jessie Anna Loewen were tops for the Great 8s; Lindsay Raymond and Darren Hrycyna were tops for the Grade 7s; Joel Bishop and Maddy Green were tops for the Grade 6s; and, Mitchell Witt and Adam Quinn were the victors in Grade 5.
Because of the way the competition is set up, only two participants from the Parry Sound area were offered the opportunity to go on to the next level of speaking at Muskoka Lakes Secondary School in Bracebridge on April 14. Joel Bishop and Justin Denman will be representing Parry Sound in that competition. Both students are from William Beatty public school. If neither can attend, then alternates Maddy Green and Lindsay Raymond, from Nobel school, will be given the opportunity to attend. If they are successful there, they will be representing Parry Sound at the finals at the Lion’s convention in Deerhurst on April 21.
The winners from each grade level received gift cards from local restaurants, and all participants received a $10 gift certificate from Bearly Used Books. Many thanks going out to Bearly Used Books for their continued support of the Lion’s and their endeavors.
The organizer would also like to thank the nearly 100 people who came out to view the event and to all the competitors who made it worthwhile.