Hosted at Thorpe House School, Gerrards Cross, on Friday January 22, seven school teams took part in the competition.
The competition has two levels - intermediate, ages 11 – 13, and senior, ages 14 - 17.
Master of Ceremonies Gerry Hoare led proceedings with judges Baroness Emma Pidding, member of the House of Lords, actor and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art teacher Fiona Gray, and Antony Aston, treasurer of Gerrards Cross Community Association as guests.
Speeches included views on technology, human nature and bureaucracy. The victor at intermediate level was a Gayhurst team of Pierce Dillon, Tauren Eapen and Shaunak Mehta and the senior level was won by a Thorpe House team of Matthew Appleby, Luke Ryde and Patrick McNicholas, with Video Killed the Radio Star, a perspective about playing recorded music in today’s world.
The Howard Ensor Trophy for best individual performance went to Annicke Van Wyk of the senior St Mary’s team that presented Creativity: a Necessary Evil?
The winning teams now progress to a zone heat in Marlow, which, if successful, through further stages to the National Final in April.
Marcus Lee, president of the Rotary Club of Gerrards Cross and Chalfont St Peter, which organised the event, said: “The standard and confidence of these young speakers continues to astound. An immensely entertaining showcase for local talent.”