Rotary Club of Ipswich North Youth Speak 2016
Annually the Rotary Club of Ipswich North offer the opportunity for secondary school students in the Ipswich region to take part in a public speaking competition, Youth Speak.  The competition has been a highlight of the Rotary calendar for over 20 years.
Rotary International has an ongoing commitment to Youth, as they are the future, not only for the world but also for Rotary.  For this reason, each year the topic chosen is the theme for the particular Rotary year, as is nominated by the Rotary International President. This year RI President John Germ has chosen the theme “Rotary Serving Humanity”.
Emma Clayton, Ethan Gallager, Madelene Taylor, Jackson Statham, President Sandra Logue, Wyatt Cook-Revell, Cheryl Lukritz,
Aiden Russell, Dayna Drysdale, Rtn Maurie McGuire, Dipanshu Sharma
Eight students spoke for 4 minutes on this topic on Tuesday 18th October at the Rotary Club’s weekly meeting. The students were each able to incorporate their own thoughts and views while reflecting on the achievements of Rotarian around the world.  The competition has not only honed the students public speaking skills, it has also extended their knowledge of Rotary and its programs.
Students from West Moreton Anglican College, St Mary’s College, Springfield Central State High School, Rosewood State High School, Ipswich Grammar School, Ipswich Girls Grammar School, Bundamba State Secondary College and Bremer State High School competed in the competition. Youth Speak was adjudicated by a highly qualified Toastmaster Ms Cheryl Lukritz. Ms Lukritz praised all the students for their efforts and stated she had a very difficult task in deciding the prize winners.
First place this year was awarded to Madelene Taylor from Ipswich Girls Grammar School while second place went to Ethan Gallagher from Springfield Central State High School. Ethan is only in Year 8; the Rotary Club looks forward to Ethan attending many more Youth Speak competitions over the coming years. Third place was awarded to Emma Clayton from St Mary’s College.
President Sandra Logue presented certificates to all competitors and the prizes to the winners of the competition. She offered her sincere congratulations to all students and thanked the schools for their support. The Rotary Club of Ipswich North look forward to conducting the completion again in 2017.