MEDWAY — Principal John Murray is pleased to announce that Medway High School students recently participated in the Massachusetts Lions Youth Speech Competition.
The Youth Speech Competition is an annual contest sponsored by the Massachusetts Lions Club that provides high school students the opportunity to deliver a 5-8 minute speech on a designated topic of interest. The 2021-2022 speech topic is “Why is accountability important?” The scoring for each speech is based on delivery, effectiveness and text.
Students work with Joan Hallett, Medway High School teacher and the adviser of the Medway Leo Club, to prepare for the competitions. The Leo Club is a service-oriented club and the youth program of the Lions Club.
On Dec. 15, 2021, juniors Noah Der Garabedian and Charles McKeown, sophomores Natalie Goodale and Elizabeth Kenney, and freshman Palak Yadav competed in the local Medway Lions Club competition. The judges named Yadav as the winner and Goodale as the first runner-up.
On Saturday, Jan. 8, Yadav competed at the combined Lions Zone/District contest at the Holliston Senior Center. This contest also featured student competitors sponsored by Lions Clubs from Medfield, Millis, Holliston, Blackstone, Franklin, Norfolk, Plainville and Wrentham. Yadav placed second. As the runner-up, she will compete at the next level of competition if the winner is unable.
“The Lions Youth Speech Competition is a valuable opportunity for our students to practice their public speaking skills for an audience, and develop confidence in these skills,” Principal Murray said. “We are proud of all of our students who competed in this year’s local Lions Club competition, and a special congratulations to Palak for her achievements at the local and zone/district levels.”
Following the Zone/District contest, the winner competes in the Massachusetts Lions District 33K Competition to be held in February. There are 46 Lions Clubs in District 33K. The winner of the District 33K Competition will compete in the state competition against the winners of all the other Lions Districts.