YOUNGSTERS SPEAK OUT IN COMPETITION
Rotary Club competition attracts top speakers from across the county
YOUNGSTERS practised their public speaking in the local heat of the 2015/2016 Youth Speak competition, organised by the Rotary Club of Gerrards Cross and Chalfont St Peter.
Hosted at Thorpe House School, Gerrards Cross, on Friday January 22, seven school teams took part in the competition.
The competition has two levels – intermediate, ages 11 to 13, and senior, ages 14 to 17.
Master of Ceremonies Gerry Hoare led proceedings with judges Baroness Emma Pidding, member of the House of Lords, actor and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art teacher Fiona Gray, and Antony Aston, treasurer of Gerrards Cross Community Association as guests.
Speeches included views on technology, human nature and bureaucracy. The victor at intermediate level was a Gayhurst team of Pierce Dillon, Tauren Eapen and Shaunak Mehta and the senior level was won by a Thorpe House team of Matthew Appleby, Luke Ryde and Patrick McNicholas, with Video Killed the Radio Star, a perspective about playing recorded music in today’s world. The Howard Ensor Trophy for best individual performance went to Annicke Van Wyk of the senior St Mary’s team that presented Creativity: a Necessary Evil?
The winning teams now progress to a zone heat in Marlow, which, if successful, through further stages to the National Final in April.
Marcus Lee, president of the Rotary Club of Gerrards Cross and Chalfont St Peter, which organised the event, said: “The standard and confidence of these young speakers continues to astound. An immensely entertaining showcase for local talent.”
Winning teams, with Gayhurst School’s head of modern languages Simone Kunzig, MC Gerry Hoare and Thorpe House headmaster Terence Ayres. Above left, Thorpe House competitors Quinn Longman, Luke Mullholland and Ben Langton. Above right, Thorpe House senior ‘B’ team William Hall, Tom Hutchinson and Harry Holmes
Speaking up: Winner of the Howard Ensor (best speaker) prize Annicke Van Wyk. Below Intermediate competitors from St Mary’s Olivia Slater, Alyssia Day and Daisy Gabriel
Senior winners: Thorpe House ‘A’ team Patrick McNicholas, Luke Ryde and Matthew Appleby. Below, St Mary’s ‘A’ team Annicke Van Wyk, Zamzam Al-Rubaye and Simran Pittie
Winners: Gayhurst pupils Shaunak Mehta, Tarun Eapen and Pierce Dillon. Below, St Mary’s ‘B’ team Ciara Lurshay, Lexie Cook and Chloe Leslie
Hosts: Top, Baroness Emma Pidding. Marcus Lee, President of the Rotary Club of Gerrards Cross & Chalfont St Peter