The Rotary Club of Oban held its annual Young Speakers Competition on Wednesday 14th June at the Royal Hotel. The competition is open to primary 6 and 7 pupils and 15 youngsters took part representing Barcaldine, Dalmally, Dunbeg, Taynuilt, Lochnell, Rockfield and St Columbus primary schools.
The Young Speakers are judged by members of Oban Speakers Club and in his summing up the chairman of the judging panel said that the standard just gets better and better with this year's competition in overall terms probably the best yet.
The winner of the competition was Dylan Howe from Lochnell school who gave an outstanding performance speaking to the pros and cons of Social Media with Megan Day from Taynuilt coming in second on the subject of Women in NASA. Third equal were Kirsty McClymont representing Rockfield and Sophie Houston also from Taynuilt whose subjects were Animal Testing and The importance of Bees respectively.
The winners received monetary prizes with all participants getting a personalised Rotary certificate for taking part. The event was well attended by Rotarians and supporters of the participants with refreshments on hand courtesy of the Royal Hotel which added to the conviviality of the evening. The evening was brought to a close by Oban Rotary President Graham Fraser warmly thanking all concerned for their contribution to what was a very enjoyable and rewarding event.
The winners, Dylan Howe and to his left Sophie Houston and to his right Megan Day with Kirsty McClymont at the back along with members of the Oban Rotary organising team.