Youth Speaks Regional Final 2020

Youth Competition



The debating chamber of the Palace of Westminster ‘has nothing’ on the oration that was heard from schools taking part in the Regional  Final of Rotary GBI’s ‘Youth Speaks - Debate’ competition, recently held at Wallace High School, Stirling.  

Five schools took part – Kyle Academy (Ayr, South Ayrshire), Westhill Academy (Westhill, Aberdeenshire), St Columba’s (KIlmacolm, Inverclyde – both Intermediate & Senior categories) and Aboyne Academy (Aboyne, Aberdeenshire) competed for a place in the National Final. 

In the Intermediate category, debating the motion of “Prince Harry – Friend or Foe”, Kyle Academy from Ayr were narrow winners.  It was a similar close contest in the senior category, where St Columba’s debating the subject of “We are too sensitive” emerged as winners.  

The teams consisted of three pupils and the brief stipulated that there had to be a Chairperson, a Proposer (speaking for the motion) and an Opposer (speaking against the motion).

Alasdair Gammack, chairperson of the judges said, “All the performances were impressive and phenomenal - There were no losers on the day! – What you did was fantastic “. He then went on to congratulate all their teams for their efforts and preparation.  

Both categories (Intermediate aged 11 – 13, Senior Aged 14 – 17) of the competition offers young people 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.

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