Passionate piece wins public speaking competition

Adur District Council chairman Carson Albury with, left to right, Isabella Sawyer, Erin Campbell and Hannah Kistruck
Adur District Council chairman Carson Albury with, left to right, Isabella Sawyer, Erin Campbell and Hannah Kistruck

STUDENTS at Shoreham College gave an engaging and challenging display of public speaking last week.

Gender politics, immigration, the nature of reality and aspiration were all topics covered in the annual inter-house public speaking competition.

The speakers proved to be accomplished and poised as they battled it out for the title in house teams representing Nelson, Grenville, Rodney and Raleigh.

Year ten firecracker Erin Campbell outlined the traps of gender labelling to spearhead the entry for Rodney House, which clinched the title and claimed the cup.

Her thought-provoking piece captivated the adjudicators, Julia Gillick, head of English at Hurstpierpoint College; Dr Caroline Currer, associate fellow of Warwick University and vicar of Poynings; and Linda Edwards, who heads-up Italian Conti Associates in Brighton.

The judges said they were hugely impressed by the skill and commitment shown by the pupils.

Presenting the cup, guest of honour Carson Albury, chairman of Adur District Council, commented that the talent displayed by the young people at Shoreham College was outstanding.

Individual prizes were given to Alasdair Tennent for best chairperson, Erin Campbell for best main speaker, and Maddie O’Meara for best vote of thanks.

The college is now putting together its team for the Rotary Youth Speaks competition. Local heats are due to be held later this year.

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