Youth Speaks 2017

Youth Speaks is an annual National competition.

We have organised local heats of Youth Speaks for some years and continue to do so this year.  This competition gives young people the opportunity to develop their skills in public speaking.  They choose their own subject and in teams of 3 present their topic to the audience and judges.

This has been a very successful competition over the years and some students have taken part in successive years, growing in confidence the more they take part.

There were four teams for the senior event and out of the four two were a class above the other two with Burgess Hill Girls having the best Chairman and best Vote of Thanks and Burgess Hill Academy having the best Speaker it was going to be a close run thing.

The speaker from Burgess Hill Academy has obviously learnt from his experiences from last year and gave a polished presentation on “Artificial intelligence: friend or foe?” and the points awarded giving his team the overall winners shield.

Only one team entered the Intermediate Competition namely Burgess Hill Girls their talked being “The positive effects of animals on the elderly” They were of a very high standard and would not have been out of place in the senior contest.

Both our winners now go forward to the area Semi Finals in the New Year the senior one on the 3rd

February at Oathall School in Haywards Heath we are still waiting for the date for the intermediate semi final, we wish both teams every success.

District Semi-Finals

Members attended both Youth Speaks Semi-Finals at Downlands Community School on 8th February and Cranleigh Band Room on 24th February.

At Downlands we were supporting our Senior Team Burgess Hill Academy who were competing against Lewes Priory and Downlands. The results were as follows

Team                           - Downlands

Chairperson                - Charlotte Eastham – Downlands

Speaker                       - Connor Murphy, BH Academy

Vote of Thanks           - Jack Dean, Lewes Priory     

Burgess Hill Girls were competing at Cranleigh and although they were not placed they put in a very good performance.  Competing against Great Walstead School, The Weald Community School and Glebelands School, Cranleigh, the results were as follows:

Team                           - Glebelands

Chairperson                 - Romilly Wright, Great Walstead

Speaker                       - Emily Wickenden, Glebelands

Vote of Thanks           - William Heine, Great Walstead

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