Hawkesbury's young rise high

Youth director John Baker, president Dr Luke Hazel, Rotarian and judge Michael Gosper, chief judge Elise Lewis, St Matthew’s Alicia Facchin, Londonderry’s
Nathan Borg, Wisemans Ferry’s Harley Simity, judge Judy Jordan, Kurrajong’s Riley Nettleton, winner Georgia Haskins from St Monicas, and Kurrajong’s 
Tegan Davis.

Youth director John Baker, president Dr Luke Hazel, Rotarian and judge Michael Gosper, chief judge Elise Lewis, St Matthew’s Alicia Facchin, Londonderry’s Nathan Borg, Wisemans Ferry’s Harley Simity, judge Judy Jordan, Kurrajong’s Riley Nettleton, winner Georgia Haskins from St Monicas, and Kurrajong’s Tegan Davis.

Hawkesbury has countless stars in the making and one of them is St Monica’s Primary school student Georgia Haskins.

After competing in the Hawkesbury primary school public speaking challenge last month, her speech on showing poultry was enough to award her the 2014 Speech Challenge Champ.

‘‘I was very excited to win the competition, I would like to thank Rotary because it gave me an opportunity to speak before an audience which I sometimes find difficult,’’ Georgia said.

Six students made it through to final stage of the annual Rotary Club of Richmond challenge that was based on clarity, tone, articulation, engaging the audience, confidence and choice of topic.

Chief judge Elise Lewis said the standard was high and congratulated the students for their well researched and presented speeches.

‘‘All the students did an excellent job but Georgia engaged the audience with an interesting and unusual speech.

The style of delivery was natural, relaxed and clearly enunciated. 

She used humour, projected her voice and articulated clearly,” Mrs Lewis said.

Held at the Richmond Club, the challenge gave students three to four minutes to present a subject of their choice in front of a panel of judges.

The aim of the challenge is for children to gain valuable skills in research, public speaking and confidence.

Other youth programs such as the Junior Citizenship Awards, Richmond High School Scholarship Awards and TAFE Scholarship Awards will also be held this year.

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