Meet the leaders of tomorrow in public speaking competition
Adjudicator Joanna O'Donnell listened to 30 students from years 3 to 5 give two presentations.
"I was so difficult to pick a winner," Mrs O'Donnell said.
"All the students spoke clearly, made eye contact, were genuine and reached out and engaged the audience.
"But most importantly they proved that kids could make a difference."
The winners will go to the regional finals held in August.
"All the students were great examples of their schools," she said.
Mullaway Primary School student Kai Nudd won the years 4-5 contest.
He said he loved public speaking because it gave him the freedom to say what he wanted.
"In the playground you might get picked on for saying what you believe," he said.
"But on stage you can be yourself."
Grafton Public student James Deefholts spoke about learning a new language and his recent trip to Japan.
"There is definitely a friendly rivalry between the schools," James said.
"I love public speaking because you can be yourself on the stage."
Years 3- 4
Winner: Ruby Couper from Sandy Beach
Highly commended: Leevon Young from Woolgoolga Public School and Nathan Weatherall from Gillwinga Public School
Winner: Kai Nudd from Mullaway Primary School
Highly commended: Bridgette Walters from Westlawn and Toby Fluechter from Sandy Beach