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Awakeri School

Speech Contest Finals 2019

This was the 41st time Awakeri School has run its speech contest. (to see the past winners go to the Academic Archives page). There were eight finalists, from the 15 semifinalists and the 88 year 7 & 8 students who did speeches to begin with! The judges this year were the principal Peter Fitzgerald, Louise Howard and Margo White.

Tonight's first speaker was Joseph Spalding. He used his little sister as a prop to start the speech off. Ella Murphy spoke powerfully about self confidence, using Jacinda Ardern as one of her examples.
Jade Rika showed us both extremes of self confidence, before getting us on the right path. Kaleb Grindrod talked very well about friendship, including being friends with animals and family.
Leah Rowe spelled out to us about looking after our teeth. Her speech was very well constructed. Summer Jones explained the digestive system, particularly giving examples of coping with food allergies.
Brooke Nolan did a hilarious speech on how to keep safe when in prison. You can see her handcuffs! Caleb Hanlen also showed great humorous timing when talking about his prop Patricia and her digestive system.
The finalists await the results. Mr Fitz gave them all some positive feedback before announcing 3rd - Jade, 2nd - Summer and... first place Leah Rowe! Here is Bonnie-Marie Wetting handing over the shield to its new holder.