Kaileigh Reis, Video and Performing Arts senior, wins first place in the Lions Club Regional Youth Speech Competition

Kaileigh Reis, Video and Performing Arts senior, wins first place in the Lions Club Regional Youth Speech Competition

Southeastern students are well known for their skills and excellence in a variety of fields, so it comes as no surprise that Kaileigh Reis, a Brockton Southeastern senior from Video and Performing Arts, outperformed her regional competitors in the Lions Club Regional Youth Speech Competition, winning first place, and advancing to the next round, the Mid-Winter Conference. Speech competitions can often be very difficult, requiring a great deal of courage, determination, and passion, and Reis showed these traits and many more. In an interview with Reis, she described her experience, and a lot of the work and effort that went into preparing for and participating in this speech contest.

According to the Lions Club, the Lions Youth Speech Competition is “an opportunity for students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 to speak publicly and freely on a designated topic of general interest.” In Kaileigh Reis’s words, it is “a competition that gives people an opportunity to state their opinion on what they believe in and express themselves how they feel they can best answer the topic.” This year, the topic was answering the prompt of “is winning everything?” and Reis’s speech, of the same name, goes into detail about how winning is not everything, and how losing can often be more important and more beneficial than winning. This Regional Competition took place on December 10, 2020, while Kaileigh was in shop, and she was able to perform her speech via a Zoom call.

When asked about what the competition was like, she responded, saying that it “was a really cool opportunity, and just being able to put this topic in their own words is a great opportunity for anyone.” Reis crafted her speech, and spent some time with her shop teacher, Mr. Crossen-Sills of Video and Performing Arts, in revising, editing, and perfecting her speech, until they achieved the end product that was performed by her in the competition. When asked about what the hardest part of the process was, she responded “definitely just trying to perfect the speech and perfect these ideas that you have already come up with, because you can get any idea out there, but just putting it into words is just the hardest part. So, participating, I would say it’s the easiest part, just reading the speech. Forming the ideas, a whole different thing.”

The next round, which is the Mid-Winter Conference is scheduled to take place on January 23, 2021, and Kaileigh says she feels “a bit nervous,” but that knowing that she is moving on is “exciting” and that she is “really glad to have the opportunity.” When asked if she had any words of wisdom or encouragement for those working on any speech in general, she answered, “when you form an idea and know that it’s a good one, because it’s your opinion, no one can say that your opinion is wrong. Stick to what you want to say.”

About the Massachusetts Lions Youth Speech Competition 

According to the Lions Youth Speech Competition website, “Youth Speech Competition provides an opportunity for students in grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 to speak publicly and freely on a designated topic of general interest. The competition starts at the local club or school level and proceeds through several levels of competition ending several months later with a statewide competition. In between there are zone, region, and district levels of competitions where the winner of each level has the opportunity to proceed to the next level.”

Read more at the Lions Youth Speech Competition website https://lionsyouthspeech.org


The Representative for the Southeastern Massachusetts district of the Lions Youth Speech Competition, Robert Coluci, can be reached at rcoluci@aol.com, or at 781-754-0725.

Mr. Crossen-Sills, Video and Performing Arts, can be contacted at ccrossen-sills@sersd.org

About Southeastern

At Southeastern, students choose from 20 career majors in preparation for life’s challenges and opportunities. Our school combines a rigorous academic curriculum with state of the art vocational and technical studies to help students realize their full learning potential. The schedule is designed to have students alternate between academic and technical coursework. This process promotes the integration of studies and helps bridge the gap between theoretical and practical experience.

The hands-on approach to learning helps connect students to education and provides the basis for life-long learning – an essential skill in today’s highly competitive global market. Upon graduation, students have the choice of furthering their education in any two or four-year institution or going directly into the workforce.

The Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical School District consists of a four-year public high school and a post-secondary technical institute. The high school offers 20 career majors to students from Brockton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Foxboro, Mansfield, Norton, Sharon, Stoughton and West Bridgewater.


To learn more about Southeastern, please visit:  https://www.sersd.org/

Written by André Arzeno, Legal & Protective Services, Brockton