IMPROMPTU SPEECH CONTEST
There were 18 entrants at Wellington College for the Seddon Memorial Cup which is annually competed for by budding orators. The impromptu speeches were made on a wide variety of subjects, and some of the speakers were malting their first public appearance, but they held their own against more seasoned competitors.
Mr. G. C. Kent was judge, and placed F. M. Todd and L. J. Lambourne first and second respectively, each of whom spoke on "Petrol." A. M. Turnbull, who spoke on "Mr. Winston Churchill, a British Satesman," was third. G. G. Dearnley , ("Father and the War News"), and J. T. Shallcrass ("Conscription") were bracketed equal for fourth place. Other interesting subjects discussed were "The British Navy." "London," "War Cartoons," an£ "The 2nd N.Z. Expeditionary Force."
The judge paid a tribute to the high standard of attainment of the speakers and made suggestions as to how to overcome nervousness. He emphasised the need for speakers to learn to make an . arresting opening, to develop originality of thought, and to guard against the introduction of humour unless it can be effectively applied.
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IMPROMPTU SPEECH CONTEST, Evening Post, Volume CXXX, Issue 77, 27 September 1940
IMPROMPTU SPEECH CONTEST Evening Post, Volume CXXX, Issue 77, 27 September 1940
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