The best young speech writers in the region went head to head on Friday night to decide the winner of the annual Venture Southland Interschool Speech Contest.

57 Southland schools were involved in the event which has been a feature on the southern academic calendar since 2003. During the contest years five to eight students are assessed on their speech making and delivery.

Venture Southland Major Events Coordinator Claire Blau says it’s been a pleasure to gather the very best speakers from all over Southland to celebrate excellence in the speech making process.

“All 22 students that made it through to the final stage of the contest have been place getters in their respective parts of the region. It was a great final, and Venture Southland is proud to coordinate the competition.”

Winners of the Venture Southland Speech Contest 2017

Year five and six:

Place

Student

School

Speech

1st

Nina Zink

Te Anau School

Gender

2nd

Grace Woodward

Waihopai School

Failure/Never Giving Up

3rd

Lachlan Dixon

Takitimu School

Books

MC Choice

Ruby Miller

Te Tipua School

Bullying

Left to Right: Nina Zink Grace Woodward Lachlan Dixon Ruby Miller

Year seven and eight:

 

Place

Student

School

Speech

1st

Christion Soto

Verdon College

Small Words Have Great Meanings

2nd

Nicholas Roy

Riversdale Primary School

Fussy Eaters

3rd

Boston Wilton

Takitimu School

Parents are Liars

MC Choice

Talia Hall

Winton School

Be Grateful for Your Education

Left to Right: Christion Soto, Nicolas Roy, Boston Wilton and Talia Hall