Ro­tary Club com­pe­ti­tion at­tracts top speak­ers from across the county

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

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

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