Each year Rotary Clubs throughout Great Britain and Ireland encourage school children to participate in a public speaking competition, ‘Youth Speaks'. The competition has two age groups, with intermediates (11-13 years of age) and seniors (14-17 years of age). Local, area, district and zone heats have been organised in the last six months and seven teams qualified in each age group, competing in the National finals at Kirkham, near Preston.
The team of Wycombe Abbey girls (Iyala, India and Iona) qualified in the seniors section and joined six other teams from throughout the UK. They chose to talk about ‘First World Problems' and gained an excellent second place in the competition, behind the winning team of girls from The Red Maids' School in Bristol. In addition India, from Wycombe Abbey won the award for Best Speaker at the finals. The standard of the presentations was exceptional and the adjudicators had a very difficult task to separate the winning teams. The topics chosen were very varied and it was a tremendous advertisement for the application, preparation and delivery of the students.
The Wycombe Abbey team received their award from the RIBI President, Peter Davey and India also received the Best Speaker Award.
Ms M Barone
Debating Society Leader