Monday, 27 February 2012

Youth Speaks - District Final

Youth Speaks District Finalist at Forest Hills, Frodsham 25 Feb 2012
I was honoured and delighted to be invited to the Youth Speaks district finals hosted by the Rotary Club of Frodsham and Helsby last Staurday afternoon as Mayor of Frodsham.  Youth Speaks is a fantastic event hosted by Rotary in which teams of 3 youngsters compete in public speaking.  Each team, drawn from a school in Rotary District 1280, has a chairman, a principal speaker and a third member to propose the vote of thanks.  The event is strictly timed and is all about encouraging our youngsters to have the confidence to speak in public.

There were two competitions this afternoon - the Intermediates (up to 14 years of age) and the Seniors (school students over 14).  The speakers spoke on a range of topics including the Olympics, drama, lying, university, television and '50 ways to leave your lover.'

It was marvellous to see and hear such wonderful talent, skill and humour on display.  It was also wonderful to behold Wendy Sutcliffe (Chairman of the Judges) have the time to comment on each speaker's performance.  She was right to tell everyone that they could all be very proud of their performances.  Each team had already won their heat to get to the district final - and not surprisingly the standard was very high.  As Wendy put it - there were very few points separating the teams.

Well, the winners and runners up were:

Intermediates:
Shevington High School
Bury Boys Grammar

Seniors:
Tower College St Helens
Falinge Park High School


The regional finals take place in at Forest Hills later in March.