Kendra Willcott Benoit, a Level 1 student at Bay d’Espoir Academy, came out on top at the Lions Regional Speak-Off that was hosted by the Harbour Breton Lions on Sunday, April 15.
Ms. Willcott Benoit spoke on the topic of polygamy while Renee Langdon, a Level 11 student at King Academy, spoke on the issue of abortion.
Both students presented excellent speeches and the judges – Wesley Harris, Edward Cokes and Shawn Vallis – had the unenviable task of deciding the first and second place positions.
Mr. Harris, who spoke on behalf of the judges, said that the students were very close in the event but, in the end, they felt that Ms. Willcott Benoit was the top speaker.
Kendra will now go on to represent the six Lions Clubs in the Coast of Bays area at the Lions District Speak-Off that will be held in Stephenville on Saturday, April 28.
Lion Ralph Priddle, the zone chair for the local region, commended both students for their involvement in the activity and encouraged both young girls to get involved with the program in the 2012-2013 school year.
Lion Ralph also thanked the judges and the two questioners – John George and Jacque Blake – for their important, and much-appreciated, involvement in the event.