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Public Speaking at the ‘Youth Speaks’ Competition, Pickering.

Public Speaking is certainly alive, well and growing in Scarborough College!  Following on from the Inter House competition last term, not one but two teams went forward to enter the annual ‘Youth Speaks’ round of competitions organised locally by the Pickering and District Rotary Club.

The Intermediate Team experienced this nerve wracking competition for the first time and held their own against the other schools.  George Fenton (Year 8) was the Chairperson and he kept the team together efficiently, speaking clearly and fluently.  Henry Chambers (Year 8) was the Proposer of the Vote of Thanks.  His cheerful personality and clear diction were obvious.  Miranda Martin-Hart (Year 9) was the Main Speaker.  She spoke about the value of reading books in an increasingly technological world.  Her charismatic personality gave her the edge over many of the other speakers.  Indeed, one judge spoke personally to her at the end of the evening saying how impressed he was with the content of her speech.

After reaching third place in the National Final last year, Alex Richards as Main Speaker and Niall Collinson as the Proposer of the Vote of Thanks put themselves forward once again.  This time Boti Pinter was the Chairperson.  All boys are in Year 10 which made them eligible for the Senior competition but they were the youngest competitors by far as the vast majority of the other entries were in Year 13.  They beat off all other competitors to win the round and so off we go again, into the next round on the 7th March at York.

Alex spoke about why public speaking is important, his gentle but powerful voice mesmerising the audience so that by the end everyone in the room agreed with him absolutely! Boti did a fantastic job as Chairperson, particularly as this was his first time.  Niall once again showed his skill at delivering a vote of Thanks that included an excellent reference to the Judges’ question.

The other schools included Caedmon, Lady Lumley’s, Malton, The Mount School York, Rydale, Selby High and Whitby Community College.

Ms L Powell