On Tuesday 19 July Jazmin, Charlotte and Kasey competed against 11 students from four different schools in the Junior Legacy Public Speaking Awards held at the Bass Coast Shire offices.
Legacy is an Australian organisation that began during the First World War, when a dying soldier asked a friend to make sure his family was looked after. From this simple request an Australia-wide organisation was born, and today Legacy supports around 80,000 widows and 1,500 children and disabled dependents throughout Australia. Members of Legacy also work hard to create awareness of the issues faced by the families of servicemen and women.
The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award aims to enhance the oral communication and public speaking skills of 12 to 14-year-old students and to help young people appreciate the ideals of Legacy; voluntary service, caring and comradeship and the need for remembrance.
The competition involves two parts. The first part was a prepared five minute speech on any topic as long as it addressed ideas of volunteering, social justice and caring. Kasey spoke about balancing the needs of humanity and the environment, Jazmin spoke about the danger of consumerism, and Charlotte spoke about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
The second part of the competition was an impromptu speech. Each speaker was given the same topic, “Rainy days, sunny days”, and had five minutes to prepare a two minute speech.
The runner-up was a student from South Gippsland Secondary College, and then it was announced that Charlotte was the winner of the day. Charlotte will now compete at the State semi-finals in September.