Con­test speaks vol­umes for pupils

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

YOUNG­STERS from vil­lage schools came to­gether to take part in a public speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion. The event took place on Fri­day, Jan­uary 23 at Gay­hurst School, in Ger­rards Cross, and was or­gan­ised by the Ro­tary Club of Ger­rards Cross and Chal­font St Peter.

The an­nual Youth Speaks con­test is de­signed to give young peo­ple an ex­pe­ri­ence of public speak­ing.

Af­ter an evening of speeches on a va­ri­ety of top­ics, a team from Thorpe House School, con­sist­ing of Matthew Ap­pleby, Luke Ryde and Pa­trick McNi­cholas, won the in­ter­me­di­ate level with a speech en­ti­tled Why Science Is Cool.

The se­nior level was won by a team from St Mary’s School – Emma Hahn, Chaya Desborough and Ali­cia Heigh­way – who spoke about learn­ing to drive.

The tro­phy for best in­di­vid­ual per­for­mance went to Matthew Ap­pleby.

The win­ners now progress to a zone heat in Mar­low and then, if suc­cess­ful, go through fur­ther stages to a na­tional fi­nal in April.

John Krush­ner, pres­i­dent of the ro­tary club, said: “It was a won­der­ful en­ter­tain­ing evening, which gets bet­ter ev­ery year. The speak­ers helped en­dorse our faith in the youth of to­day.”

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