Islanders speak at Legion zone level

Many strong speakers, including six Islanders, competed in the zone level of the Royal Canadian Legion public speaking competition, held at Branch 76 in Sudbury. photo by Margit Alberti

SUDBURY – Although they gave strong performances at this past month’s Royal Canadian Legion public speaking competition at Branch 177 in Little Current, the Eastern Manitoulin Islanders who advanced to the zone-level competition finished just shy of the threshold of advancing to the district competition.

In the primary (Grades 1 to 3) category, Peyton Legere’s speech on her new puppy Marley earned her a fourth-place finish. Eric Wahl’s junior-division (Grades 4-6) speech on wearisome household chores was worthy of a second-place finish and Xavier Mara’s intermediate-level (Grades 7-9) missive about learning new skills and mastering challenges also ended in a second-place result.

From Western Manitoulin, Riley Hubbard spoke in the primary division about dogs, Amara Wilson-Zegil competed in the junior division with a speech about the importance of failing to ultimately succeed and Willow Fogal in the intermediate division performed a speech about the rock band Queen.

This competition, held at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 76 in the Minnow Lake neighbourhood of Sudbury, took place in late February. The first-place finishers in each division advanced to the district competition.