Youth Services/ Youth Speaks - District Round Report

Sat 28th February 2009 at 12.00 am - 2.00 am

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Mixed Fortunes for our Two Local Teams

The District round of Youth Speaks, the schools public speaking competition organised by Rotary,took place on Saturday 28thFebruary at Maidstone Grammar School.

Our area was represented by the two winners from the local round,Claverham Community College, Battle,in the IntermediateCategory (11-13) and St. Richard's Catholic College, Bexhill, in the Senior Category (14-17).

With the Intermediates going first, Claverham's team of Theodore Gregory, Iola Hughes and Lukjan Kalinieckigave another excellent presentation of their topic: Chocolate - Vice or Virtue?They went on to winagainstthree other teams from Chatham, Gravesend and Dover who competed in this section.

In the Senior Category Sam Amis, Victoria Turner and Megan Millarski also gave an excellentperformance with their topic: Designer Babies. Competition came from three teams St Ricahrd's representing schools from Rochester and one from Dover, with one of the Rochester teams being declared the winnerswith the somewhat controversial topic: International rescue - Should the U.N. apply economic sanctions to Israel for their recent attacks on Gaza?

The judges paid tribute to all the teams for their tremendous presentations and how where they hadused humour "theyall got it right". Rotary District Governor Elect Euan Eddie presented book tokens to the winners and certificates to all the participants, and thanked everyone involved with the District Round.

Claverham Go Marching OnFollowing on from their success at the district round of Youth Speaks, the schools public speaking competition organised by Rotary, the Intermediate team from Claverhamwent on to the Regional round held in Reading. Having first won the local round, arranged by the Rotary Clubs of Bexhill and Battleheld at Bexhill High School in February, they went on to winat area level in Maidstone two weeks later. Theodore Gregory, Iola Hughes and Lukjan Kaliniecki gave another brilliant presentation of their subject: Chocolate - Vice or Virtue to win through to the National Final to be held in Cheddar on Saturday the 18th April. Congratulations go to the team from both clubs, and we all wish them well for the National Final.

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