The Rotary Club of Duncan has hosted an annual Student Speaking Competition since 1982. The competition is named for Hector McIntosh, a teacher from Shawnigan Lake Private School, who had the vision for the competition and provided the funding through his will for the initial years that the competition was run.
The objective of the program is to develop the art of public speaking for elementary, junior, and senior secondary students by promoting inter-school competitions.
Schools hold internal competitions to select two representatives per age category, followed by semi-finals (one night for each grade category) to select three representatives to compete at the finals held each year on the Monday evening preceding the Holiday Monday in May.
Effective May 2010 age categories and prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd:
1. Elementary including Grade 6: $140, $90, $70
2. Grade 7 & 8: $250, $165, $125
3. Grade 9 & 10: $425, $275, $210
4. Grade 11 & 12: $1,250, $875, $500
Students are encouraged to contact their school office for further information and to inquire about participating in the competition.
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