Youth Speaks District Final 2020

Youth Competition - Youth Speaks Intermediate Category

Kyle Academy emerge as winners of ‘Youth Speaks – A Debate’ Competition

The debating chamber of the Palace of Westminster had nothing’ on the oration that was heard from schools taking part in the District Final of Rotary’s ‘Youth Speaks’ Intermediate competition, recently held at Glasgow Caledonian University on Sunday 26th January.

Speaking on “Prince Harry – Friend or Foe”, Kyle Academy won a closely fought contest from St Columba’s who finished as Runner-up.  The winners now progress to the next stage of the national competition.  Four teams, each consisting of three pupils took part and the brief stipulated that there had to be a chairperson, a proposer and an opposer. 

John Pears, chairperson of the judges said, “The quality, enthusiasm and preparation shown by all participants was spot and they were a credit to their schools”.    The winning team consisted of chairperson, Berth Paterson, proposer Murray Graham and opposer Julie Dunn.  District Governor Jimmy Johnston presented the prizes. 

Kyle Academy will now go forward to face other top schools from across Scotland in the Regional Final, which is being held in Stirling on Saturday 7th March. 

The full list of competing schools was - St Aloysius College (Glasgow), St Columba’s (Gryffe Valley), Douglas Academy (Allander) and Kyle Academy (Ayr).

The Intermediate Category of the competition offers young people, aged 11 – 13, the experience of speaking on a public platform as members of a team.  Each year, hundreds of young people take part in the local, district and regional events that culminate in the Rotary National Final.