Young St. Agatha public speaker earns provincial award

Morgan Wase, 14, of St. Agatha, a Grade 9 student at Resurrection Catholic Secondary School in Waterloo, placed first in the province-wide Intermediate English (Grades 9 and 10) Multiple District A (M.D.A.) Lions Effective Speaking Competition in Toronto on May 8.
The Lions Clubs of Ontario and Western Quebec has organized this event, the largest speaking competition in Canada in both English and French, for the past 60 years. Morgan found out after his 5-7 minute prepared speech and 2-3 minute impromptu speech that he had been judged by members of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. These volunteer judges were impressed by all of the speeches.
Morgan won the club-level competition each of the three years it has been held in St. Agatha School.
In 2009, against 19 competitors, he won the Junior level (grades 6-8) for his District, qualifying to compete provincially in Toronto.
One representative competes provincially from each of 10 districts, so there are at most 10 competitors in each level (Junior, Intermediate and Senior). Last year Morgan did not place in the top three, which was his goal this year.
Morgan  will travel to Kingston to say his speech once again for the Lions at their Conference in June. Approximately 400 people will be at this gathering.
Since he was in Grade 4, Morgan has written and presented speeches, at times to the whole school.  He has been inspired by all of his teachers over the years and through them has discovered his love of public speaking.  He is also a Lector, or reader, at St. Agatha Roman Catholic Church.
Morgan would like to thank the Lion’s Club of St. Agatha for their support and sponsorship.
He hopes that they continue to offer these programs for the youth.
Morgan will also be presenting his speech at Kennedy’s on May 18 for the St. Agatha Lion’s Family Night featuring the St. Agatha Effective Speaking Winners.

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