Youth Speaks – District Final – 28 February 2015
An audience from far and wide was entertained at the Kings Theatre, Kings of Wessex Academy, Cheddar on 28 February when teams from schools throughout Somerset, Dorset and West Wiltshire competed in the annual Rotary Youth Speaks District Final organised by the Rotary Clubs of Weston Super Mare, Wrington Vale and Chippenham. The competition, open to young people in the 11 – 17 years age group, is designed to encourage pupils in the art of public speaking, something which is needed more and more in today’s business world.
Teams of three pupils from each of seven schools gave very professional performances on subjects of their own choice. The winners of the Intermediate age group were from Sheldon School, Chippenham whose subject was ‘Fairy Stories’. Castle School, Taunton, won the Senior competition with their topic ‘The Sound of Silence’.
The teams were judged by three independent adjudicators who commented on the really high standards of all the participants making it difficult to reach a final decision.
The two winning teams now go forward to the next level of the competition, the Regional Final in Shaftsebury on 28 March and, hopefully, to the National Final in Brentwood on 10 May.
Sheldon School, Chippenham
Chairperson: Alice Robinson
Speaker: Sophie Cutler
Proposer: Martha McCarron
Chairperson: Sophia Cerullo
Speaker: Libby Checketts
Proposer: Eve Davies