Youth Speaks Competition 2017-2018 - Results
Youth Speaks results plus those of the D1100 Young Writer and Young Photographer competitions
Rotary D1100 Youth Speaks Competition 2017-2018 - Results
After local selection rounds in our clubs, Saturday 3rdof February saw our District final of the Rotary Youth Speaks competition, hosted by the Rotary Club of Chepstow at Maismore Village Hall. This competition both nurtures and promotes the oratory skills of young people aged 11-17 years old, calling on an ability to plan, research, present and work as a team.
As in previous years we saw an amazing display of talent with exception vocabulary skills and great passion for their chosen topics, all teams offered a broad selection of topics ranging from “Are schools killing creativity”, “Mental illness issues in Adolescents” to “Ocean Acidification”.
Supporting Rotarians, including our District Governor Alan Hudson who also took the role of question master, along with family members and teachers were treated to five competing teams for the Intermediate stage, (age 11-13), and four for the Senior stage, (age 14-17). The event was generously supported by three very enthusiastic judges from the Gloucester and Cheltenham Toastmasters Clubs; Lou Burridge, Rita Shevchenko and Ben Goodrum, who gave freely of their time. They were very complementary of the standards and confidence of all the teams, they also provided feedback to each team on their performances to assist them in the future. Their task of selecting the winning teams was one that none of us envied.
Whilst there could be only one winning team in each category, the judges acknowledged the skills demonstrated and the range of ambitious subjects tackled.
The winning team through to the Regional Finals for the Intermediate competition is Redland Green School, sponsored by Bristol and Clifton Rotary Clubs, with the subject “Could there be a Solution to the Housing Crisis”.
The runner-up was Monmouth Comprehensive School, sponsored by Monmouth Rotary Club, with the subject “Are Schools Killing Creativity”.
In the Senior competition the winning team wasRedmaid’s High School, sponsored by Bristol and Clifton Rotary Clubs, with their subject “True Love is not the stuff of Pop Songs”.
The runner-up was Malvern St James Girls School, sponsored by Malvern Rotary Club, with “Can we measure intelligence”.
Immediately following lunch, excellently provided by Chepstow Rotary Club ladies , the prizes were awarded for the District winners of Young Photographer and Young Writer competitions. Again the standard this year was exceptionally high, and the results are as below.
Rotary D1100 Young Writer Competition 2017-2018 - Results
Junior Winner: Emily Dury, sponsored by Nailsworth Rotary Club
Junior Runner up: Lily Craven, sponsored by Nailsworth Rotary Club
Intermediate Winner: Alexa Butterfield, sponsored by North Cotswold Rotary Club
Intermediate Runner up: Emma Fuller, sponsored by Chipping Camden Rotary Club
Senior Winner: Alice Forson, sponsored by Pershore Rotary Club
Senior Runner Up: Oscar Pearce, sponsored by Portishead Rotary Club
Rotary D1100 Young Photographer Competition 2017-2018 - Results
Junior Winner: Florence Searby, sponsored by Swindon Rotary Club
Junior Runner up: Megan Smiths, sponsored by Thornbury Rotary Club
Intermediate Winner: Kate Faulkner, sponsored by Swindon Old Town Rotary Club
Intermediate Runner up: Chloe Monroe, sponsored by Pershore Rotary Club
Senior Winner: Merrin Dewson, sponsored by Pershore Rotary Club
Senior Runner Up: Rose Jones, sponsored by Nailsea and Blackwell
Thanks are especially extended to Polly Stretton, for leading on Young Writer, and Gerry Hooper for leading on Young Photographer across the District, and for co-ordinating these competitions. Thanks also to all the Rotary clubs involved for nurturing ongoing relationships with their local communities and schools to offer their youngsters such opportunities.
We wish our winning teams the best of luck in the Regional Final on 18th March at Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls.