On Monday 24th of July Jared (Y8) represented our school at the Local final of the Junior Legacy Public Speaking Competition. The event was held at Elderslie High School and involved 16 of the best young public speakers in our region. Jared worked hard to prepare and deliver his five minute speech titled “To Trump or not to Trump.” In his speech Jared examined the global impact of several decisions made by the recently elected US President, Donald Trump. Through his clever use of rhetorical questions, voice, humour, and pace Jared highlighted the importance of effective leadership and challenged the audience to consider the qualities of a great leader. At the conclusion of the prepared speeches, competitors enjoyed a well-earned lunch and the chance to meet other competitors before entering the final phase of the competition. As usual, the impromptu section proved challenging! The topic for the afternoon was ‘The leader of the pack.’ Competitors were given just five minutes to prepare their three minute impromptu speeches. Jared spoke about opportunities to lead at school and the importance of considering each member of the group. Overall, it was a wonderful day of competition. The judge said that she was very impressed by the high level of skill shown by all of the finalists. Well done Jared!