St Mary’s College student Clare Canham was the overall winner of the area finals of the public speaking competition organised by the Rotary Club of Gunnedah West.

Fellow student Eszter Apro was the runner-up in an afternoon of high-quality speakers from regional schools.

Adjudicators Terry Curran (Rotary Gunnedah West), Jonathon Giliam (Rotaract Narrabri) and Natalija Stenovac (Moree Rotary) were very impressed with the students and in the broad range of topics covered.

The winner Clare Canham presented a thoughtful look at the topic ‘To be or not to be –The Reality of Being Trendy’ while runner-up Eszter Apro spoke on the topic ‘The International Teacher: A Crisis’.

St Mary’s College student Riley Roden, representing Boggabri Rotary, addressed the very important topic ‘The Lessons We Learn from History’ while Carinya Christian School student, Willow Ferguson, tackled the growing problem of ‘Mental Health in Rural Areas’.

Gunnedah High School was represented by Azaria Murray who covered the delicate subject of ‘Sexual Assault’ while Narrabri High School had three representatives, with Maeve Harris, representing Narrabri Rotary, speaking on the topic ‘How Rap Music is Not Degenerative’ while fellow student Poppy Fuller, sponsored by Narrabri Rotaract, addressed the topic of ‘Social Media’.

Narrabri Rotaract Club was also represented by Caitlin Evans speaking on the topic ‘Youth Community Involvement’.

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