Pupils shinein pub­lic speak­ing

East Kilbride News - - INFO..INFO..INFO - Nicola Find­lay

Two Dun­can­rig Sec­ondary pupils got their points across when they com­peted at a pub­lic speak­ing event in Ed­in­burgh.

Fergus Kane and Maria Goodarzi rep­re­sented Dun­can­rig at the ESU na­tional fi­nals of the Speak­ers’ Cor­ner Chal­lenge (S1-3) and the se­nior pub­lic speak­ing com­pe­ti­tion (S4-6) at St Ce­celia’s Hall.

There were nine speak­ers in each fi­nal and both of the Dun­can­rig pupils per­formed very im­pres­sively – there were three tak­ing part who spoke with­out notes at all, with Fergus and Maria two of those com­peti­tors.

English teacher Jo White­ford said: “Sadly, nei­ther was de­clared the over­all win­ner in their cat­e­gory.

“It was a very close run thing, es­pe­cially in the se­nior cat­e­gory, and Maria was very un­lucky not to have won. She spoke about equal­ity in ed­u­ca­tion for girls, whilst Fergus con­sid­ered the dif­fer­ence made by or­di­nary peo­ple dur­ing the Civil Rights move­ment.

“They are both to be con­grat­u­lated on reach­ing the na­tional fi­nals.”

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