Grade 2 and 3 students participated in the Public Speaking Contest on Wednesday. Topics ranged from the history of the NHL to animal shelters to internet and video game addiction. All of the children did an amazing job. The children presented their speeches to a panel of four judges (who specialize in public speaking) and an audience of their peers and parents. Children were marked out of five on Memory, Voice, Content, Posture, Eye Contact and Captivation of Audience. Contestants this year showed remarkable resilience. Little gaps in memory, last minute nerves and unexpected distractions can all affect a speaker’s performance. Participants met these challenges with courage and grace – finding their place, gathering focus and then continuing on with the same passion and confidence they displayed before the set back. Well done! For children so young, this is an exceptional accomplishment.