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On Sunday February 24, the annual Royal Canadian Legion/Ontario Command Public Speaking Contest was held at Branch 270 Coldwater. Young contestants ranging from Grade 2 to Grade 8 took turn at delivering their own original speech in front of judges and an audience of family and friends. Congratulations to all participants, particularly to Fletcher Desroches, who won the Grades 1 – 3 category, and Michael Prynn, who took first prize in the Grades 7 – 9 category.

The Public Speaking Contest, part of the Legion's Youth and Education program, is meant to give young people an opportunity to speak in public. Participants get to choose their own subject matter for the address. The contest takes place annually at each Legion branch, and winners progress through zone, district and area levels, concluding at the Provincial level in May of each year. The contestants are divided into four classes: Grades 1 – 3; Grades 4 – 6; Grades 7 – 9; and Grades 10 – 12.

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