Alaina Younge used her experience in public speaking to claim first place at the Lions Regional Speak Off that was hosted by the English Harbour West Lions Club on March 28.
Ms. Younge will now represent the Lions Clubs in the Coast of Bays at the Lions District Speak Off that will be held in Deer Lake on April 16.
The other speakers at the event included Trent Hollett from John Watkins Academy in Hermitage-Sandyville, Jillian Vallis from Fitzgerald Academy in English Harbour West and Toni Marie Skinner from King Academy in Harbour Breton.
Ms. Younge’s topic was Malnutrition in Third World Countries.
She said, “My class raised over $1,000 last school year in a 30 hour famine to help the children of Haiti following the earthquake in that country in January 2009. I became interested in the topic of malnutrition in Third World countries then, especially in how it affects children.
“I realize people may be fully aware of the issue but we sometimes forget that malnutrition is a serious issue in poor countries that affects their development as part of the modern world. I don’t think we can emphasize enough the seriousness of this issue and how it affects children in these countries.”
Ms. Younge said that she is really looking forward to the speak off in Deer Lake and that she will do her best to represent the Lions Clubs in the Coast of Bays.
Trent Hollett, who spoke on the topic of Early Childhood Development placed second in the event.
The judges for the vent included Karen Wells, Wendy Martin and Cpl. Sheldon Hynes. The questioners were Wayne Hallett and Eddie O’Keefe.