Teams speak up to be win­ners

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

A TEAM from All Hal­lows Catholic Col­lege tri­umphed at a speak­ing con­test to reach the fi­nals of the com­pe­ti­tion.

The Col­lege, on Brook­lands Av­enue, hosted the semi-fi­nals of the Ro­tary Dis­trict Youth Speaks com­pe­ti­tion and saw its own team take the top spot for the se­niors.

The event was or­gan­ised by Macclesfield Ro­tary Club and saw seven teams bat­tling it out for an in­ter­me­di­ate and se­nior place in the fi­nal round of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Top­ics ranged from ‘The Value of Women’, ‘In­di­vid­u­al­ity’, ‘Power of speech’ and ‘The Watch­ful Eye of the Me­dia’. The teams were from All Hal­lows, James Bate­man Ju­nior High School, Bid­dulph, St Ni­cholas CHS from North­wich, Bid­dulph High School, and Brine Leas High School Nantwich.

The In­ter­me­di­ate win­ner was St Ni­cholas and the Se­nior win­ner was All Hal­lows Macclesfield.

This team of Rachel, Ben and Emily spoke on ‘The Free­dom of Speech’ dis­cussing equal­ity, rights and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and that young peo­ple must not feel dis­en­gaged. Ben also scooped the in­di­vid­ual best speaker award.

Eric Cow­cill, the Ro­tary Youth Speaks or­gan­iser, said: ‘‘Com­pe­ti­tions like this play a very im­por­tant part in en­abling young peo­ple to de­velop their voice.”

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