Year End Speeches From Awesome Kids!

A few weeks ago Head Start’s students gave their final presentations at the Sechelt Art Gallery to a packed house!

Watching these students was a JOY.  Reflecting on how far they’ve come in the past year, I am so pleased with their progress.  I hope they are too.

We had an amazing year.   Jillian and Nadia spoke for hundreds of Toastmasters at the Inaugural District 96 Fall Conference extolling the virtues of public speaking.

Meaghan attended Ted-X Kids BC and came back fired up to speak there herself one day.

2012 World Champion of Public Speaking Ryan Avery made a video just for Head Start answering the kids’ questions about speaking.

He also sent a postcard of encouragement to Jillian!

World Stage speaker Olivia Schofield gave us access to her private vault of speeches from the World Championship!

Nima and Nadia gave presentations at the Sunshine Coast Writer’s Festival Spoken Word venue.

Nima pushed himself harder than I’ve ever seen him do in 2.5 years and gave his best speech ever.

Nadia went completely out of the box and created a work of art.

Jillian became such an outstanding evaluator she caught things even I missed.

Annalisa, our breakout superstar this year blew us all away with her talent.

Kate put together her best speech ever and then had the challenge of following it up.  Her follow up began as average,  which frustrated her but what she did with that and the hard work she put into it made it a funny and polished speech.  So proud of her.

Iris learned how to make the audience laugh and showed exquisite timing.  She also learned how to pump up the volume!

Simon gave us all a great display of self control and made the audience fall in love with him.

Bella surprised everyone by pushing aside her shy quiet self and stepping into a confident young lady!

Elizabeth learned how important EDITING is and with good edits, made a decent speech into a great one!

Jadan burst onto the scene and knocked all of our socks off with his stunning delivery and whimsical and natural body language.

Sarah Jane made me cry with her beautiful speech “Our Christmas.” Her confidence is magnified by her calm delivery and growing sense of humour.

Jonah showed a marked improvement after only one speech- transforming his next speech into a compelling tale.

Emily dared to reach for depth right off the bat with her Shakespeare speech.

Shy and quiet Ava slowly but surely found her public voice.

There are so many stories of triumph I could tell you about this year.  These kids worked hard and had a blast speaking their truths, sharing their views of the world.  It is my privilege to present to you the Head Start Public Speaking Class of 2014/15.

Head Start Public Speaking For Kids

Missing Sarah Jane – what an amazing year guys!

Here is Annalisa Achee with “Growing Up Trini”.

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Here is Jadan Rostau with his speech “Plastic Hands Down”.

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Here is Nadia Behji at the Spoken Word Festival with “River Flows”.

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Here is Kate Lynch with her speech “I Think I Won Fear Factor”.

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Here is Iris Cameron with her speech “Walk to Powell River”

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And her brother Simon Cameron with his speech “Finally!”.

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Jillian Olafson with her speech “Passion”.

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Here is Nima Behji at the Spoken Word Festival with his speech “The Peak Experience”.

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And the formerly quiet Bella Byers with “Crazy Mr. Patches”.

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And Meaghan Howley with “Ding Dong Ding.”

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And because we were missing Sarah Jane Lynch, here is one of her classic speeches, “Our Christmas”.

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Enjoy these amazing students of Head Start Public Speaking!