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Girls speak up

Girls have once again dominated the Maclean High School public speaking night sponsored by Maclean Rotary Club. The competition is now into its 20th year, and in most of those years girls have predominated. Thursday night’s contestants addressed more than fifty Rotarians, parents, friends and teachers . The three finalists of competitions run throughout the High School during the year were Kate Thomson, Alissa Casidy and Samantha Willis Samantha chose as her topic “The Necessity of Space Travel’’, Kate spoke on “CSG Mining’’ and Alissa “Mobile Phones’’. Leader of the three adjudicators, Garry Whale, spoke of the importance of public speaking and thanked Rotary for its sponsorship. He said all three speakers were of a very high standard. “They were very persuasive, knowledgeable and spoke with great conviction’’ he said. “Each student also presented well spaced addresses”. Winner of the competition was judged to be Kate Thomson who was presented with the perpetual trophy by Maclean Rotary president Leigh Barrington. Each student was also presented with an inscribed pen by the Yamba Rotary Club. Dick Richards