High standard for public speaking competition

The Towers Convent team with Rotary club president Robert Dunn
The Towers Convent team with Rotary club president Robert Dunn

FOUR schools put public speaking skills to the test in the first round of this year’s Rotary Youth Speaks competition.

Shoreham and Southwick Rotary Club organised the competition at the Towers Convent School in Upper Beeding.

Shoreham College speaker Georgina Liley

Shoreham College speaker Georgina Liley

Teams of three from Shoreham Academy, Shoreham College, The Towers and Varndean School in Brighton took part.

Rotarian Les Baker explained the competition is for students aged 14 to 17.

“However, we were delighted to invite the intermediate team of 11 to 13-year-old students from Varndean School to give them the opportunity to compete and experience this event for the future.”

Subjects for the speeches included feminism, the power of music and lies.

Mr Baker said: “It was an excellent round of speeches from all four schools, at a level of expertise that never ceases to amaze us.”

Three adjudicators, led by chairman Liza McKinney, deliberated for some time, choosing the best chairman, best speaker, best vote of thanks and overall winner.

Mrs McKinney said afterwards it had been hard to arrive at a decision as the standard was so high.

Rotary president Robert Dunn announced the results and presented every team member with a certificate.

Best chairman was Bethany Roney from The Towers, best speaker was Becca McCallum from The Towers, best vote of thanks was Becky Loveless from The Towers.

Overall winner The Towers Convent School will now go forward to the next round, to be held at Shoreham Academy on February 10.

Dr David Gordon, chief organiser the club, said in his summing up how pleased he was with the level of competition and thanked all of the schools for taking part.