Young Speakers show their mettle!

The District Final was held on March 8th at the Lancastrian Suite, Dunston

The Rotary Clubs of Hartlepool, and Whitley Bay, entered teams to compete in the District Youth Speaks Final this year.

Hartlepool’s English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College pipped Monkseaton High School to win the Intermediate competition. Monkseaton High School overcame opposition from Hartlepool’s High Tunstall College of Science to win the Senior Competition.

A Youth Speaks competition takes the form of presentations by teams of three members - a Chairperson, a Speaker and a Proposer of the Vote of Thanks. Teams are free to choose their own topics and a panel of Judges award points and decide on the winner.

The Judges were Rotarians Ron Goodwin, Tracy Bell and Nigel Jackson. The Questioner was Rotarian Barbara Broadbelt and the Timekeeper Rotarian Roger Simpson. District Governor Jean Thompson presented the trophies and certificates.

The topics presented were:-

Intermediate (11-13 yrs)

English Martyrs School & Sixth Form College, Hartlepool:  -- The cost of consumerism
Monkseaton High School:                                                     --  Animal testing: it needs to be stopped

Senior (14-17 yrs)

High Tunstall College of Science, Hartlepool:                     -- Is this the end of the Page 3 ethos?
Monkseaton High School:                                                    -- Prisoners deserve the right to vote

Ron Goodwin commented on behalf of the judges, “We had great difficulty in determining the winners this afternoon since all of the teams this were excellent. The standard of delivery was quite incredible, particularly taking into account the mature content of their chosen topics. It is natural to be nervous when speaking in public and all three of us were really impressed with how well the teams overcame their nerves.”

He continued “We would like to stress that everyone who has taken part this afternoon, both winners and runners-up, must be congratulated on their achievements and we wish the winning teams every success in the Regional Final.”

The Regional Final is on Saturday 21 March in Linlithgow.

Thanks to Neil Midgley (District 1030 Youth Speaks Coordinatoe) for this report.