Merensky High School hosted the first round of the Rojac (Rotary Junior Ambassador’s Competition) English Speech competition on 13 August.  

The event was attended by five schools who could each enter one Grade 11 contestant to compete for the ultimate first prize: a study bursary sponsored by the Rotary foundation.

Nichola Glazer from Merensky, Malaika Mohlaba from Stanford, Patrick Makumbo from Meridian, Thulile Rikhotso from St George’s College and René Thete from Ben Vorster all delivered speeches of a very high standard.  The topic for the prepared speech was “Global warming” and the five contestants delivered interesting ideas and positivity about this heated topic.

The first step of the very successful evening was a general knowledge test about South Africa, then the contestants had a chance to impress with their prepared speech.  The following unprepared speech included topics like  ‘Fizzy drinks… good or bad?’; ‘My biggest concern for the future is…’ ‘Goals are good for you’ and ‘Who has been the most influential person in your life?’.  A personal interview in front of the panel of seven judges (quite intimidating) concluded the competition.

Judges Ann Luther (Haenertsburg Rotary), Gruschenka Boswell (Tzaneen Rotary) and one representative from each school reported that the scores were close and the standard of these enthusiastic Grade 11 learners’ speeches was high.  The winner of the evening was Malaika Mohlaba from Stanford, who spiced her speeches with her beautiful singing voice.  

There will be two speakers going on to the next round at Curro Heuwelkruin on the 24th of August and the second contestant winning this opportunity was Nichola Glazer of Merensky High School. Congratulations to all, especially the two winners. The evening was surely a show-case for English speaking prowess!



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