Youth Speaks - The Krishnan Cup

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Our Annual Secondary Schools' Public Speaking Competition Final continued to delight us with the high standard of candidates.

Youth Speaks 14th November 2017

For this fantastic Competition we have decided to combine two events in one, Our Charter Celebrations this year celebrating 34 years doing great work in our communities locally, nationally and internationally, and our Youth Speak Competition where High Schools compete for the Krishnan Cup, the winner goes forward hopefully, on to Area and National Finals, offering a wider platform for the talented youngsters in our Secondary Schools. The overall winner of the local heat will continue to receive the Krishnan Trophy retaining Krish's legacy.                 

On 21 March, Southport Meols Rotary held their annual Young Speaker Competition.

This year the competition saw some major changes, Sue Long, President of Southport Meols explains; "...to me the talent we have in Southport Secondary Schools deserves the opportunity of a wider platform of competition and I would like from 2017/18 for Southport Schools to participate in the National Rotary Youth Speaks competition."

Youth Speaks is a four stage National Competition, which aims to encourage the development of effective communication skills and the competition is open to teams of three students, in full time education, in two age groups: Intermediate 11 - 13 years and Senior 14 - 17 years.

This March's event offered Schools an opportunity to try the new format, on the evening there were teams from 4 Southport High Schools; Birkdale, Christ the King, Greenbank and Stanley each responding to the question: 'Brexit - what does it mean to today's youth?'

The calibre of content and presentation was extremely high, with each team drawing out a particular impact of Brexit in their presentations; from Jam to Gibraltar!  All of the teams are to be commended for the quality of their presentations but ultimately there can only be one winner and this year it was Greenbank.

Thanks go to the three judges; Rotarians Dianne Harrison and David Slinger with head judge; Angus Matheson, who had the difficult task of determining the winner, the main sponsors who enabled us to hold the event and provided plaques for each participant as well as Tesco Community Champion; Lesley Kirkbride for the £100 voucher awarded to our winners along with £50 from Chris Latham at Flooring UK.

Thanks also to the teachers who supported the teams in preparing for the event - it was clear that immense effort and preparation had gone into their presentations, and to Mrs Patsy Krishnan who presented the Krishnan Trophy to Greenbank High School, this trophy has been awarded at the Meols Rotary Young Speaker

competition run for over 20 years and is in memory of her husband; Mr Kookal Krishan, known to many as Krish, who was Consultant to the Spinal Injuries Department at Southport Hospital and believed that young people should be given the opportunity to stand up and address an audience, something that Southport Meols Rotary will continue to nurture.

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