After four gruelling rounds of competition Romsey School pupils; Elizabeth Hutchinson, Max James and Anna Robinson took the long journey to Preston to participate in the Rotary Club’s ‘Youth Speaks’ final at Kirkham Grammar School.
The team were one of 7 regional winners from Great Britain and Ireland. As the bar was raised yet again the Romsey School team were pitted against some extremely tough opposition which included Year 12 students from renowned Public Schools.
With strong support from members of the sponsoring Rotary Club of Romsey Test, parents and staff including Colm McKavanagh, Romsey School’s Head teacher, the Year 11 pupils presented their topic ‘Why can’t we say what we mean’.
Teams are judged on the Chairperson’s management of the meeting; the Speaker’s ability to present and develop a topic and ability to answer the question set for them; the quality and courtesy of the Vote of Thanks as well as the group’s ability to work effectively as a team.
After an exemplary performance the team were rewarded with an outstanding third place overall in the Senior category with Beth Hutchinson winning the individual award for the Best Vote of Thanks.
Colm McKavanagh said; “Their performance was fantastic and I am so proud of what they have achieved not only in the final but throughout the year. They are a credit to their teacher Kitty Love who spent so much time preparing them for the competition.”
This year’s judges included lecturers in English and Communications, local councillors and representatives from industry organisations such as The Association of Speakers Clubs, all of whom were impressed with the eloquence and passion the young participants were able to demonstrate, often whilst discussing sophisticated topics.