Youth Speaks 2018

Senior Winners with Hilary Cunningham from L-R Alfie Webb, Amy Satur & Ellen Ashley

The first round of the annual Rotary Youth Speaks competition took place last week at Burton Bradstock Village Hall. Six teams of three from Beaminster School and the Sir John Colfox Academy  participated. Competitors were aged 11 to 13 for the intermediate competition and 14 to 17 for the senior competition. The adjudicators were Susan Moores, Keith Brown and David Powell who are all well known locally and qualified to discern the elements required for this type of challenge. The topics were really varied and entertaining from “Equality in the workplace”, The Ordinary Hero”, “Great Expectations”, “The Power of Procrastination” and “How Do You Take Your Tea”.

On summing up the judges commented that this years performances were the best ever, for both classes, in the long history of the event. The scoring was so close that the judges recommended that all three teams in the senior group should go forward to the second round (to take place at Beaminster school on 31st January at 6pm). All the teams were well prepared and gave very polished and professional speeches.

The winners of the intermediate competition were the Colfox team, Eddie Rose, Alfred Ross, and Lily Rayner who spoke on “The ordinary hero”. 

The winners of the senior class were the Beaminster team, Amy Satur, Alfie Webb and Ellen Ashley, their subject being “Great Expectations” (What does society expect of us ?), their speaker, Alfie Webb, was chosen as the best speaker of the evening.

The certificates and prizes were awarded by Hillary Cunningham of the Bridport Rotary club who organised the event.