AN Usher High School student won the 2015 Bulawayo South Rotary Club’s High Schools Public Speaking competition held at Bulawayo Theatre on Friday.
Guidance Moyo outwitted Nicole Msipa of Amhlophe High School, who came second, and Siphosenkosi Mlalazi of St Columbus High School (third).
The competition consisted of 10 finalists, who included, Robin Mudare of Mzingwane, Tashinga Matiza (Eveline), Tariro Nechiturure (St James), Kudjani Sansole (Speciss), Methembe Ndlovu (Wanezi), Awakhiwe Makhalima (Christian Brothers’ College) and Elisha Gumbo (King George).
The contestants’s speeches centred on different topics covering poverty, attitude, logic and emotions, listening, illiteracy, procrastination and the secret of happiness.
“I am happy to have won this competition. This means a lot to me as I started public speaking while I was in Grade 4,” Moyo said.
“Public speaking is all about courage, judging yourself and something which you have to grow up with.”
Bulawayo South Rotary Club president Alvord Mabhena said they conducted the public speaking competitions in all regions so as to promote students’ talents.
“We want to enable the students to use their talents to open doors for opportunities as they are our leaders tomorrow. We have covered most parts of the country so that we build the future of the young generations and this will continue every year,” he said.
Mabhena advised parents to take responsibility and invest in their children’s future.
“Parents have a responsibility to young children and we should invest where we can in order to change their lives. We must leave a legacy behind having done something useful in life,”he said.