Contest speaks volumes for pupils
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.”