Student's speech earns place in national final

19:48, Jul 16 2012

A Southland student has added a speech award to a growing collection and earned herself a place in the finals of a national competition.

James Hargest College student Sophie Worner won the Lions Young Speechmaker regional final and is preparing to compete at the national final in Auckland next month.

Sophie, a year 13 student, spoke about mistreatment of war veterans and competed against 12 other speakers from seven Southland and South Otago secondary schools.

The topic of war veterans is a familiar one to her. She also won the Rotary District 9980 speech competition in May and was second in the RSA speech competition.

Each speech focused on a different aspect of veterans and required a lot of research, she said.

"It is a very delicate area and I think it is one that is not particularly focused on, especially [by] my generation," Sophie said. "I think it is important no-one forgets."

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Keith O'Connor, of St Peter's College, spoke about the free market and placed second in the Lions competition, and will also compete at the national final in Auckland.

Emily Mulvey, of Southland Girls' High School, spoke about how music has lost its meaning, and placed third.

The winner of the national final will compete in the United States in January.

kimberley.crayton-brown@stl.co.nz

The Southland Times