PUBLIC speaking may seem daunting for some, but a Rossmoyne Senior High School student has found her voice after winning a Toastmasters International competition.
On May 7, Samyuktha Ramesh took part in the District 17 Gavel Club International Speech competition, which showcased her oral communication and leadership skills.
Young finalists were given the opportunity to speak publicly on a topic of their choice, with Manyuktha’s entrepreneurship speech impressing senior Toastmasters as judges for the event.
Toastmasters District 17 gavel club co-ordinator John Palmer said gavel clubs had been created to allow school kids access to training materials and activities like regular Toastmaster clubs.
“A membership in a Toastmasters club is restricted to people 18 and over,” he said.
“A few years ago I set up a gavel club at Willetton Senior High School, but five years later I was invited to Rossmoyne to set up a club there.
“As Willetton started to cool off, I dropped that club and started Rossmoyne four years ago, Canning Vale last year and LiME this year.
“This was the first ever interclub competition for gavel clubs in the state, which is what made it so unique.”
Riverton MLA Mike Nahan attended the competition to show his support for the finalists.
Toastmasters International District 17 represents over 90 clubs in Perth and regional WA, with more than 1700 members out of 365,000 worldwide.