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2011 Young Speechmaker Finals

2011 Young Speechmaker Finals

The national finals of the Lions Clubs New Zealand Young Speechmaker contest will be held in Napier on Saturday 20th August 2011

Ninety four students entered the contest held recently in seven Lions districts throughout the country and eighteen will represent their areas in Napier.

Sponsored by Entertainment International Ltd, the annual event has been held for over 30 years with this year's winner receiving a trip to Canada and the United States during the Christmas-New Year holidays. Second place-getter will attend an international youth camp at Lake Okataina near Rotorua.

Open to 17 to 21 year olds, each entrant makes a five minute prepared speech and an impromptu speech of up to two minutes.

Contest organiser, Lion Kerry Beach of Hamilton, is amazed at the talent of contestants. "Each year you think they can't get any better, but they do. That's why we need to have strict judging criteria", he said. Judges will consider voice and grammar, speech structure, development and speech value and effectiveness.

The contest will be held at Taradale High School 50 Murphy Road Taradale. Napier and is open to the public from 8.45 am to 3.30 pm.


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