Youth Speaks event

Tue 28th February 2017 at 18.00 - 22.00

Public Speaking competition is run in conjunction with the The Rotary Club of Pickering.

This Public Speaking competition is run in conjunction with the The Rotary Club of Pickering  who do the main organisation whilst the Cavaliers provide stewarding and sometimes judging on the day.  Traditionally the event takes place in Pickering at Lady Lumley’s School. 

Traditionally the event takes place in Pickering at Lady Lumley’s School.  In the past we have often provided an opportunity for prospective teams from the 6th form college to have a dry run at one of our Club meetings, this helps to mitigate the effects of nerves and helps the whole Club become a part of the event.

REPORT ON THE COMPETITION ON 28th February 2017

The local Rotary Group competition took place at Lady Lumley’s School, Pickering on 28 February. Schools were invited to enter teams at Junior, Intermediate and Senior levels, those taking part being Malton School, Lady Lumley’s, Ryedale School, Selby High School and St Augustine’s, Scarborough. Unfortunately, Scarborough College, a previous winner, had to withdraw because of the late loss of a team member.

The young people aged 11 to 17 years performed admirably, some showing signs of nervousness, others managing to hide it, some displaying confidence and enjoying the occasion. Selecting their own subject on which to speak gave the audience of parents, academics and Rotarians a varied entertainment. There was “Splendid Isolation” providing the opportunity to speak of Donald Trump.

“The role and Influence of Twitter” was very informative for older ones not versed in the use of social media, and was confidently presented by the winning Senior team of Malton School. A very young Junior team from Ryedale School spoke well and comically on the age old topic of “Superstitions”.

What a delight it is to report that St Augustine’s Junior (Murray Robinson, Tobias Cooper and Saad Yousaf) and Intermediate teams (Esmee Eva, Harry Jaconelli and Zuzanna Ozon), the schools first engagement in the competition in recent years,  both won their sections. The junior team topic of “Welcome to The Jungle” was on the subject of refugees, the jungle being the camp closed down last year in Calais. The speaker provoked controversy and referred to Sharia law. An interesting feature being that his team colleague proposing the vote of thanks is a Muslim, his parents being in the audience. His mother, a visitor to our club last year, on being asked about the reference was surprised by it and considered the speaker’s opinion false, or “Fake News” in the current idiom.

The event in the unheated school building was supported by Tony Stevens, Peter Howgate and Jim Martin participating as Scorer, Adjudicator and Time keeper along with Rotarians of other clubs.