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Empowering Voices: Rotary Youth Speaks Heat Unveils Remarkable Talent at

St Helens District Heat.
Rotary St Helens, in collaboration with St Cuthbert's School, last night played host to the District Heat of the 2024 Rotary Youth Speaks competition, a platform that empowers young minds to articulate their thoughts and ideas.

The event took place on the 31st of January, 2024, at 6:00 p.m., featuring a diverse array of talent from six participating schools, namely Bury Grammar School, Hawkley Hall High School, Hope Academy, St Edmund Arrowsmith Catholic High School, Didsbury High School, and Tower College.
The District Heat unfolded at St Cuthbert's School, providing a grand stage for 7 teams representing schools sponsored by Rotary Clubs within District 1285. The event marked a significant milestone, showcasing the enthusiasm and dedication of young speakers eager to engage with a broader audience.

A Platform for Confidence and Ambition: The Rotary Youth Speaks competition is not just about delivering speeches; it's a transformative experience that builds confidence and ambition in the participants. Public speaking is a skill that transcends the competition setting, preparing young individuals for a future where effective communication is key.

The St Helens District Heat witnessed an array of thought-provoking topics, as each participating school presented their unique perspectives. From Bury Grammar School to Tower College, the speakers delved into issues ranging from social justice and environmental sustainability to education and community development. The diversity of topics showcased the depth of understanding and concern among today's youth.
The teams in the competition represented a broad cross-section of schools, each bringing its own flair and passion to the stage. The event was made possible through District 1285 Rotary Clubs, demonstrating a collective commitment to nurturing the next generation of confident and articulate leaders.
The District Heat at St Helens serves as a stepping stone for the participating teams, leading to the District Finals and ultimately the Grand Final. As the competition progresses, the stakes will get higher, and the young speakers will have the chance to refine their skills and compete at an even more elevated level.

The St Helens Rotary Youth Speaks District Heat at St Cuthbert's School was a resounding success, amplifying the voices of young leaders with a passion for change and a commitment to making a difference. The competition is not merely about winning or losing; it is about fostering an environment where every participant emerges as a more confident and articulate individual, ready to take on the challenges of the future. As the journey continues through the District Finals and Grand Final, the impact of Rotary Youth Speaks on these young minds is bound to resonate far beyond the competition hall.

Congratulations to Hope Academy teams who won at both Intermediate an Senior levels.
Judges were Mrs Marlene Grainger (chief judge) Burnley speakers club
Mrs Jackie Mafi (Wigan SC)
Mr Ian Rimmer former Head Teacher Nutgrove Methodist Primary Academy
Questioner Rtn Nicky Monk (St Helens Rotary)
Time Keepers Rtns Paul & Gaynor Winstanley

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