Island public speakers move on to zone championships in March

The public speakers representing the Little Current Royal Canadian Legion and Gore Bay Royal Canadian Legion at the zone compeition this past weekend including Eric Wahl, Xavier Mara, Zara Farquhar, Sandi Kuntsi, Amara Wilson-Zegil, Alex Wilson-Zegil, Mason Leighton and Carissa Holliday. Eric, Xavier, Mason and Sandi will be moving on to represent Manitoulin at the zone compeition in March.

ONAPING FALLS—Manitoulin Island public speakers representing the Little Current Royal Canadian Legion and Gore Bay Royal Canadian Legion represented Manitoulin well at the Legion Zone H3 competition in Onaping Falls this past weekend.

Representing the Little Current branch was Eric Wahl of Central Manitoulin Public School (CMPS) in the primary division (Grades 1-3) with a speech on ‘shopping trips;’ Xavier Mara of Assiginack Public School and his speech on ‘Nothing’ in the junior division (Grades 4-6); Zara Farquhar of Little Current Public School (LCPS) in the intermediate division (Grade 7-9) with her speech on ‘electronics;’ and Sandi Kuntsi in the high school division with her speech on ‘leaving the nest.’

Representing the Gore Bay Legion was Amara Wilson-Zegil of C.C. McLean Public School (CCMC) in the primary division, Alex Wilson-Zegil of CCMC in the junior division, Mason Leighton of CCMC in the intermediate division and Carissa Holliday, a Grade 12 MSS student, in the high school division.

Manitoulin public speakers faired well at the zone competition. Eric Wahl placing first in the primary division with a speech on ‘shopping trips’ and Amara Wilson-Zegil placed second with her speech on her ‘8 pound dog.’ In the junior division, Xavier Mara placed first and Alexandra Wilson-Zegil placed third with her speech on the ‘Disney dream.’ In the intermediate division, Mason Leighton placed first with his speech on ‘Laziness’ and Zara Farquhar received an honourable mention for her speech on ‘Electronics.’ Lastly, in the senior division, Sandi Kuntsi placed first with her speech on ‘leaving the nest’ and Carissa Holliday placed second with her speech on ‘Solitary confinement in youth detentions centres.’

“I was kind of nervous when I got up to present my speech,” said Xavier. “This is the first time I have attended the zone competition—my favourite part was listening to the other speeches.”

“I was very happy with the results,” Sandi told The Expositor. “I had tough competition from my fellow Mustang Carissa Holliday. We both presented very well. This is my last year doing public speaking with the Royal Canadian Legion so I was overwhelmed with joy when I found out that I won the H3 zone competition. I am very excited and will continue to do my best representing Manitoulin.”

Eric, Xavier, Mason and Sandi will all move on to the district championships on St. Joseph Island on Saturday, March 17.