The 2017 Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award, presented by Legacy Victoria, is for secondary students aged 12-14.
Representatives from BSE were Arshdeep Singh (Year 8), Bailey Matheson (Year 9), Meg Sides (Year 9) and Alyssa Lai (Year 10).
Students were required to present a five-minute prepared speech and a two-minute impromptu speech (topic: If I ruled the world…)
Arshdeep spoke about social justice and tolerance of religion. Bailey spoke about young people volunteering. Meg spoke about the sacrifice of women in war time. Alyssa spoke about personal sacrifice (single parents).
All students were very well presented and spoke confidently about their topics.
The President, and Master of Ceremonies, Legatee Steven Lee, recognised the courage of all participants and presented each with a certificate and Legacy badge. The Adjudicators were Legatee Rick Dungey, Legatee Marg Hogan, Legatee Rosemary Winther.
There were also representatives from Girton Grammar and Crusoe College.
The winner was Alyssa Lai and the runner up was Lucy Kitching from Girton Grammar. They will go on to the next stage of the competition, the State Final, to be held later in the year.