Minnis Shield is Duval High School's premier public speaking event. Each year students come together in a spirit of friendly competition to compete for honours in front of an excited home crowd. This year twenty-five students spoke on topics as diverse as political correctness to defence spending and Usain Bolt. Our adjudicator was ex-student, accomplished public speaker and former winner of the Minnis Shield, Lucy Eddy.
Vaishnavi Pradeep won the Years 7-8 Minnis Shield with her excellent, thought provoking speech on beauty competitions. Adam Lucas and Georgia Vaughan were Highly Commended. Speaking on the refugee crisis and freedoms we enjoy in Australia, Amelia Rowe-Dawson swept the field in the Years 9-10 Minnis Cup, with Chris Esplin, Axel Jedlicka and Zoe George securing Highly Commended. David Wilson won the Minnis Trophy for Years 11-12, regaling us with his humorous insights on growing up. Deb Hyde and Winona Rumble were Highly Commended.
Ms Eddy congratulated our speakers on their thorough preparation and insightful presentations. Ms Eddy explained how speaking in such forums has assisted her personal and professional development. She encouraged students to keep building on their skills and developing their confidence by continuing to participate in such events. We thank Ms Eddy for her generous contributions to the Minnis Shield and we look forward to welcoming her back to Duval High School in the future.