From left are Dan Nixon of Summerland

From left are Dan Nixon of Summerland

Students speak out

The School District 67/ Rotary Public Speaking Competition was an enlightening event.

The School District 67/ Rotary Public Speaking Competition was an enlightening event organized by School District 67, the Summerland Rotary Club and Pentiction Rotary Club on April 12.

Emceeing the event were Summerland Blossom pageant candidates Miss Avery Law office, Sarah Gottwald and Miss IGA, Khush Saran.

This  competition showcased students at School District 67 and gave them an opportunity to present their public speaking skills enhancing their professional and personal development.

Speakers were critiqued by a panel of judges marking poise, gestures, eye contact, voice projection, fluency, control and overall performance.

Judges were lawyer Paul Varga, Summerland municipal councillor Toni Boot and past BC Debating Coach Charlotte Burley.

The top selected public speakers were: Grade 10 category, all from Summerland Secondary School, Natalie Benoit, first; Grant Mansiere, second and Helena Mott, third.

In the Grade 11 category, the winners were Victoria Ritchie of Penticton Secondary School, first;  Aliya Van Bergeyk of Summerland Secondary School, second and Jeff Swetillkoe of Princess Margaret Secondary School, third.

In the Grade 12 category, winners were all from Summerland Secondary School. The winners were Dan Nixon, first; Sylvia Mott, second and Teagen Kew, third.