Lions Club High School Speak Out

Yesterday, our local Lions Club sponsored and held Pearson Academy’s Speak Out Competition. We had 17 student participants and an excellent audience turnout.

Speak-outs are great opportunities for youth to practice and build skills through public speaking, and to encourage them to have a public voice in issues that concern them.

The winners:

Rhianna Bishop, 1st Place. Topic: Leadership in Rural Communities

Jessica Melindy, 2nd Place. Topic: Growing Up with Mental Illness – Anxiety and O.C.D

Deidre Hounsell, 3rd Place. Topic: Dangers of Driving Under the Influence

Rhianna Bishop and Jessica Melindy. Missing from photo: Deidre Hounsell

As the first place winner,
Rhianna will compete later at the regional level.

Steve Perry, Lions member and moderator
Ted O’Connor, teacher and judge

The judges for the speak-out were Joanne Wiley, Theodore O’Connor and myself.

It was a privilege to spend time with these young adults and to volunteer once more for this worthy event.


Have you or your child ever competed
or taken part in a public speaking competition?

20 thoughts on “Lions Club High School Speak Out

    1. Thanks for dropping in on my blog!
      The students pick their own topics at this high school’s speak-out events, so the sky’s the limit. They are judged on the context of the speech itself, their delivery and poise, and how well they answer questions afterwards. Among other criteria, they lose points if the speech is too short or too long (length is suggested beforehand), and if they are simply reading from their paper and not making enough eye contact with the audience.
      Hope this helps!


  1. I love it that you’re involved with your local school and encouraging the youth of your community. I honestly believe that every minute we spend supporting the next generation will make the world a better place in the future. Cheers to you, Jennifer, and to the champs. 🙂 All of the participants are winners.

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  2. Congratulations to everyone and I think they are so brave! I would never have dared to do anything similar at such a young age and the students of today are to be commended on their oratory skills and interest in a variety of topics. Jennifer, I bet it was hard to choose a winner! My son has taken part in these kind of events and whereas I’d make copious notes, rough drafts of a speech, he just had a few key words sketched out … the Virgo in me was in jitters but he won!

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    1. Thank you, Annika. Your son won, that’s wonderful! You must have been very proud.
      They are indeed brave. All the students did well and had interesting topics, but the winners were those who managed not to sound like they were reading, made plenty of eye contact and had compelling material. 🙂


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