Each year Dryden Rotary sponsors a public speaking contest. Each school in the Dryden area from both the Keewatin-Patricia DSB and the Northwest CDSB participate. Rotarians act as the judges.
The top three students in the public speaking contest are then invited to share their speeches with the full club at one of their meetings. This year’s presentation occurred at the November 22nd meeting.
 
Rtn Joanne B
Raili , Ethan , Barett
Rtn Mardi with Raili
Jed with Barett
The first speaker was Raili Makela whose topic was the importance of self-esteem and how to develop it.
 
The second speaker was Ethan Cook who provided us with insight into what a hurricane is and how it develops.
 
The final speaker was the Ian Nixon award winner, Barett Edenburn. Edenburn spoke on the importance of having a second language in your life and how it would help you getting and retaining a job.
 
Master of Ceremonies for this part of the program was Mardi Plomp who organized and helped recruit judges for the contest. Mardi thanked ADG Fred for coming down on three occasions to help with the judging.
 
Rtn Joanne Bunny gave us a brief background on the Ian Nixon award. It is named after former President Ian who initiated the public speaking contest a number of years ago before his sudden death. Ian’s son Jed was present to present Barett with his award.
 
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