Kayla won with Lions Zone 10 Region G (Burin Peninsula) competition, hosted by the Marystown Lions Club Mar. 24, with her speech on ‘women in skilled trades’.
For her efforts, she received a $200 cash prize, a personal plaque and a perpetual plaque that will remain at her school until next year’s regional event.
This year’s first and second place runners up were Madison Smith of Grand Bank’s John Burke High School, who spoke on ‘teenage suicide’, and Sara Hickey of Terrenceville’s St. Joseph’s All Grade, who talked about ‘LBGTQ-gay rights’, respectively.
Ms. Smith received a $100 cash prize and a personal plaque while Ms. Hickey was presented a $75 cash prize and a medallion.
Judges for the Speak Out were Leo Antle, Pearce Junior High vice principal in Burin; Janice Brushett, Burin-Placentia West MHA Clyde Jackman’s constituency assistant and Amanda Bennett, Southern Gazette Customer Service Representative.
Questioners were Erin Fitzpatrick, an OR Nurse at the Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre, and Donald Deveau of the RCMP’s Grand Bank Detachment.
The District event in Gander is schedule for Apr. 13.