Eight St Joseph’s College students competed in the Toowoomba Heats of the Rostrum Voice of Youth public speaking competition, held at Toowoomba State High School on 4 May and St Joseph’s College on 5 May 2019.
Several of the College’s students had been drafting and rehearsing their speeches since November 2018, when the set topics were released. Many lunch hours were spent drafting, editing, rehearsing and tweaking in advance of the competition.
In the senior division, students were expected to speak for eight minutes in relation to one of the set topics, with adjudications made on the basis of intellectual appeal, emotional appeal and adherence to the competition’s rules. Representing the College in this division were Georgia Savage (Year 10), Charlotte Krautz (Year 10), Grace Malone (Year 11), Mackenzie Diprose (Year 11), Lachlan Chuc (Year 11) and Patrick O’Brien (Year 12).
In the junior division, students were expected to speak for six minutes, but were adjudicated according to the same criteria as in the senior competition. St Joseph’s junior entrants were Claire Cochran (Year 8) and Kaylee Keehn (Year 9).
Rostrum Voice of Youth is a knockout competition, meaning that only the very best speakers progress from one round to the next. Unfortunately, neither Claire nor Kaylee was selected for the next round; however, Patrick, Grace and Mackenzie were selected to progress, winning three of the four possible places for Toowoomba students in the senior division of the Southwest Queensland Finals.
The Southwest Queensland Finals will be held on 11 May at St Joseph’s College, Toowoomba, pitting strong competitors from the Maranoa and Burnett regions against the best from our city. Junior finalists will compete at 11:00am and seniors at 1:00pm in the College library.
All students are congratulated on their commitment and effort in preparing their speeches, and we wish Grace, Mackenzie and Patrick the very best next weekend. Thank you to Mrs Park-Ballay (Junior Coach) and Mrs Barton (Coach of Manner and Presentation) for their wisdom, time, enthusiasm and support.