Gloucester High School students take part in Gloucester Rotary's public speaking comp

Zeke Llewellyn, Li Meng Wong (club president) and Elizabeth Howarth at the public speaking event. Photo supplied
Zeke Llewellyn, Li Meng Wong (club president) and Elizabeth Howarth at the public speaking event. Photo supplied

"They were both so good, there was only one point between."

That's how well the Gloucester High School students performed during the Rotary Club of Gloucester's annual public speaking competition, according to member Maureen Hjorth.

Elizabeth Howarth and Zeke Llewellyn joined the club members on Tuesday, October 29 to battle it out for a spot in the next round of the competition with speech they had written on a subject of their choice.

The only requirement was to ensure it related to the Rotary Four-Way Test, which is:

Is it the truth?

Is it fair to all concerned?

Will it build goodwill and better friendships?

Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Zeke chose to talk about freedom of speech, while Elizabeth tackles cyber-bullying.

Both spoke so well, it was a really tough decision for the adjudicators, Leone Hooke, Claire Reynolds and Chris Pritchard.

As some of the clubs, Gloucester's cluster hadn't put forward any entrants, Gloucester was able advance both students for the next round.

Unfortunately, Zeke could not attend the event, so Elizabeth flew the flag for Gloucester on Monday, November 4 at Club Taree.

Did you know?

The Rotary Four Way Test speaking contest is part of the School Link Program, originated by Fred Marsh in his year as Governor (1988-89), and was first held in March 1989. The contest encourages teachers and students from each club's link school to take part in this opportunity for public speaking, confidence building and ethics consideration. The Rotary Four Way Test is a state-wide competition.