Top Island speakers to represent Manitoulin at zone public speaking competition this week

Comrade Marcel Gauthier presents the plaques to the winning students at the Little Current Legion Branch #117 public speaking contest including, from left, Eric Wahl of Central Manitoulin Public School, Xavi Mara of Assiginack Public School and Zara Farquhar of Little Current Public School. photo by Robin Burridge

LITTLE CURRENT—The leading public speakers from Central Manitoulin Public School (CMPS), Assiginack Public School (APS), Little Current Public School (LCPS) and Lakeview School competed at the Little Current Royal Canadian Legion Branch #117 public speaking contest last Thursday and four speakers, one from each division, were chosen to represent the branch at the Legion zone competition at on February 25 in Onaping.

The primary division, Grade 1-3, speakers included: Eric Wahl of CMPS in first place for his speech on ‘shopping trips’; second place, Isaac Quackenbush of LCPS for his speech on his stuffed duck ‘Fair’s adventures’; third place, Sabastian Mara of APS and his speech on ‘chickens’; and forth, Liam McLean of Lakeview and his speech on ‘tigers.’

Grade 3 CMPS student Eric Wahl of Tehkummah had the audience laughing about “torture” of shopping trips with his family. He was very expressive in his delivery and noted at the end that despite hating shopping, it was worth it to spend a day with his family. Eric also represented the Little Current Legion at the zone completion last year for his speech on his family Christmas.

The junior division, Grade 4-6, speakers included: first place winner Xavi Mara of APS and his speech on ‘nothing’; second place, Aspen Debassige of Lakeview School and her speech on ‘for the love of dogs’; third, Annie Balfe of CMPS with her speech on ‘homework’; and in forth, Kian Corbiere of LCPS and his speech on ‘hockey history.’

Xavi, a Grade 5 APS student from Manitowaning, presented an impressive speech on the theory of nothing which intrigued both the judges and parents in the audience. It’s safe to say that his unique speech will shine at the zone competition.

Lastly, in the intermediate division, Grade 7-9, Zara Farquhar of LCPS received first for her speech on ‘electronics.’ In second place was Jude Debassige of Lakeview School for his speech on ‘powow drumming’, in third place was Jocelyn Kuntsi of APS and her speech on ‘strange diets’, and in forth, was Zackary Gibbons of CMPS with his speech on ‘Michael Jackson.’

Thirteen-year old Zara, who is in Grade 8 at LCPS, had an interesting and refreshing view for her age on electronics, noting that our society has become too dependant on cellphones, iPads and computers.

Grade 12 student and Expositor correspondent at MSS Sandi Kuntsi will be representing the Little Current Legion for the high school division with her speech on ‘leaving the nest.’

This year’s judges included Wendy Gauthier, Melissa Peters and this reporter. The judges and Legion members present noted how steep the competition was this year and how well all the students had done on their speeches.

Eric Wahl, Xavi Mara, Zara Farquhar and Sandi Kuntsi will go on to the Legion zone public speaking competition on Sunday, February 25 in Onaping.

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