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Story & Photo by Wendy Gabrek
Winners in the Branch 329 Royal Canadian Legion Speech Contest are rewarded with plaques and future speaking opportunities, as well as the bragging rights for a full year.
Their award winning speeches were heard Sunday afternoon, to a room filled with proud parents, siblings and school representatives – although the panel of four judges were listening for the subtleties that set them apart.
A difficult year this year for sure, confirms one unnamed judge.
Pictured, back row from left: Emma Landry-Potocki – 2nd Place Junior Division (Speech: Adriano Zumbo); Lillian Keogh – 1st Place Intermediate Division and Branch 329 winner with the highest score, receiving the MacIntosh Family Award (Speech: Poverty); Shaelyn Santo – 1st Place Junior Division (Speech: Basketball Legends); Griffin Lowe – 3rd Place Intermediate Division (Speech: Unsung War Heroes); Sai Jaladi – Honourable Mention Intermediate Division (Speech: Global Warming). Front row, from left: Evan Vandervoort – 2nd Place Intermediate Division (Speech: The Afterlife); Danya Orr – 1st Place Primary Division (Speech: Rainbows); Isabelle Silwa – Honourable Mention Junior Division (Speech: Jellyfish).
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