Legacy spirit inspires students
The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award Preliminary Finals were held in Bendigo on September 12. After winning the Bendigo Regional Round of the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award, Year 10 student, Alyssa Lai prepared a new five-minute speech, this time on the topic of volunteering.
Her speech reminded the audience of the volunteering spirit that is ingrained in Australia's history, and called for more young people to embrace the legacy and 'pay it forward' like so many of those people in history.
Her fellow competitors were from regional towns and cities across Victoria, from Nihill, Ballarat and Sale among others. Their speeches covered topics such as social privilege, false idols, sacrifice and mateship.
After the prepared speeches were presented, students were taken one by one to be given a secret topic to prepare an impromptu speech (students have just five minutes to plan a two minute speech to present). The topic for this section was 'My Greatest Fear for the Future is...'
Alyssa presented herself very confidently in both sections. She has a conversational speaking style that is highly engaging, with great vocal variety and congruent facial expressions and gestures. She can be proud of her preparation for, and her presentation in this competition.
As a winner of this Preliminary Final, Alyssa will compete in the State Final to be held in Melbourne in October.