Butler College student talks his way to Rotary Four Ways Public Speaking State Champion title


Butler College teacher Sarah Johnson, student Harry Harrop and Mindarie Rotary Club’s Brian Butterworth.
Butler College teacher Sarah Johnson, student Harry Harrop and Mindarie Rotary Club’s Brian Butterworth.

BUTLER College student Harry Harrop has out spoken his peers to become the Rotary Four Way Public Speaking State Champion.

Principal Armando Giglia said the Year 11 student had competed in local, district and regional rounds of the competition since late 2016 to reach the state final in mid-May, facing off students from Perth Modern School, Corpus Christi and Mandurah Catholic College.

“To reach the final, students from across WA delivered speeches that were intensely scrutinised by very experienced judges,” Mr Giglia said.

“The four state finalists were a credit to their schools, families and themselves as they explored a variety of topics.

“Harry, who was assisted with coaching by teacher Sarah Johnson and guidance from Sue Johnson, blitzed the field to be awarded the Rotary Four Way Public Speaking State Champion title.

“Harry’s speech, ‘Climate change – a call to action’, was a compelling and thought-provoking message for the community to deliver a true impact on climate change.”

Mr Giglia said Mindarie Rotary Club’s vocational service director Brian Butterworth supported Harry throughout the competition.

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