WIMMERA Legacy has invited students to enter the 2014 Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award.
The competition is for secondary school students aged between 12 and 14.
Organiser John Hoffmann said the initiative aimed to enhance oral communication and public speaking skills.
“We recognise our sports people very well – they get a lot of coverage in papers, but some of the other activities schools do don’t get as much publicity,” he said.
“The award allows people who are exceptionally good at public speaking to get recognition for their talents.”
Mr Hoffmann said the competition had produced some outstanding entries throughout the past few years, including former Nhill College student Matthew Hall, who won the national award in 2010.
Mr Hoffmann said the competition was well supported by a number of schools.
“The level of competition seems to go up a notch every year, which is extremely good,” he said.
“Students are encouraged to speak about volunteering, supporting others and the community.”
Entries for the 2014 competition must be received by May 16.
Mr Hoffmann said entry forms were available at www.legacy.com.au/melbourne/Resources.
Wimmera Legacy will host the public speaking award on June 6.