Speech Arts sessions of the Birdtail River Fine Arts Festival provided entertaining performances as well as some truly informative public speaking throughout the day, Wednesday, Nov. 7.
The festival, held at Hamiota, enjoyed the adjudication of Leanne Teichrib (nee Forsyth of Virden) from Plumas. As an accomplished Toastmaster, Teichrib set performers at ease and was interesting to listen to as she provided constructive comments.
Congratulations to the many participating students from Miniota, Beulah, Birtle, Shoal Lake, Hamiota and Kenton.
The Miniota Gr. 5-8 classes (teachers Stacy Paull and Tricia Lelond) gave extraordinary choir and readers theatre performances.
Receiving awards at the final concert were Avery Clark and Aiden Lewis – (Gr. 4-6) Kenton Legion Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship; Miniota Gr. 7-8 - Drake Cattle Company Plaque (Gr. 5-8 Speech Choirs); Elly Priestley - Isabella WI Scholarship (Gr. 1-3); Dylan and Foster Couvier - Larry and Judy Oakden Medallions for Duets, Trios or Quartets; Anika Conde (Hamiota) - Hamiota Lions Club Trophy (Highest Mark in Solo Poetry Gr. 1-4); Daniel Waldner (Decker Colony)Hamiota Collegiate Award (Highest Mark Gr. 5-8 Solo Poetry); Tamar Waldner (Decker) - Shoal Lake Chamber of Commerce Award (Highest Mark, Solo Poetry Gr. 9-12); Sally Wollman (Decker) - Wm. C. Davison Scholarship (Gr. 7 & Up); Mae Fulton – Glen Sytnyk Trophy & $250 Scholarship (Highest Mark in Public Speaking). Recommended to Provincials Public Speaking: Gr. 4-6 Mae Fulton (Birtle); (alternate) Coralee Anderson (Beulah); Wyatt Anderson (Beulah) Gr. 10-12.