The Rotary Club ‘Youth Speaks’ public speaking competition took place at the Cornwallis Academy last Saturday. Sutton Valence had two teams in the competition; the Senior team was made up of William Dransfield, Till Schlicht and JieJie Chen, whilst the Intermediate team was represented by Tarik Abed, Anna Smith and Holly Clark.
William delivered an interesting speech about the celebrity influence on teenage life, speaking with passion and without referring to his notes at all. Despite tough opposition from seven other teams, William was awarded best individual speaker, a fantastic achievement. Overall, the Senior team were runners-up which is an outstanding feat for this truly international team, consisting of a Chinese, German and English speaker. This was well deserved as Jiejie and Till were both charming in their supporting roles.
Meanwhile in the Intermediate section, Tarik spoke about the future of the NHS. His speech was entertaining, engaging and well researched, packed full of facts and statistics. Anna and Holly were also superb in their supporting roles. Despite not winning this time, the younger team were upbeat. Holly said, "This was the first time I’d been in a public speaking competition and I learned a lot.” Anna also said “It was fun and although we didn’t win this year, we can’t wait to compete again next year!”
Congratulations to both teams for their efforts this year. As ever, my thanks to Mr Ellmers and Mr Paul Webster who also gave up their time to support this hugely enjoyable event.
Mrs Julie Manning
i/c Public Speaking