Youth Speaks

District Final: Winning Teams & Individuals

Rotary Youth Speaks 2017-2018

Results of the Rotary Youth Speaks 2017-18 District Final

Congratulation to all 22 teams, sponsored by 18 rotary clubs throughout Cumbria and Lancashire, that made it through their local heats to compete at this year’s district final. The teams were all worthy winners. They impressed the audience with confidence, clarity of speech through a variety of interesting well-rehearsed topics. What a fantastic day!!

The event was held at Windermere School on Saturday 3rd February and many teachers attending have since complimented the organisation of the event, the standard of judging and the excellence of the teams – all achieved an extremely high standard.

The results:


Winners: Ripley St Thomas CE Academy
Chair: Ryan Moorhouse
Speaker: Tommy Hill
VoT: Andrew Hirst
Subject: Wealth distribution on a global scale.
Sponsored by: R.C of Lancaster
Runners up: Stonyhurst College
Chair: Madelaine Frank
Speaker: Adrienne Meagher
VoT: Tristan Alford
Subject: Magic
Chair: Laurel Martin
Speaker: Sam Wilsdon
VoT: Patrick Varey


Winners: Trinity School
Chair: Jasmine Metherell
Speaker: Jesssica Crowther
VoT: Harry Mossop
Subject: The unknown truth about Ballet.
Sponsored by: R.C of Carlisle
Runners up: St Michael's Academy
Chair: Georgia Cooper
Speaker: Emily Crook
VoT: Finty Royal
Subject: Accepting or rejecting the stigma surrounding mental health.
Chair: Victoria Hewat
Speaker: Wahida Walibhai
VoT: Benjamin Guest

Results of the Rotary Youth Speaks 2017-18 Regional Final

The Regional Final of youth speaks was held on Sunday 18th March at Forest Hills Hotel, Frodsham. A superb day that was well organised by the RC of Frodsham & Helsby.

Huge congratulations to all the teams from our district who took part in this year’s regional final, Ripley St Thomas CE Academy, Stonyhurst College, The Lakes School and St Michael's CE High School. Sadly only one team from each category can move forward into the National Final. St Michael’s triumphed on the day in the senior category.

The winning teams from the Intermediate & Senior categories will now move forward to represent our Region in the Natiional Final. This is being held at Exmouth Community College, Green Close, Exmouth EX8 3PZ on Saturday 12th May.

The results:

Intermediate category

Team Topic Chairperson Speaker Proposer
Rotary Club
Birkenhead School Why Achievement is More Than Just a Number Rachel Oulton Jimmy Sergi Ellie Price Birkenhead
Bolton School (Girls) Planet Earth Aakifah Ismail Ella Worsley Carol Habib Bolton Daybreak
Flint High School Mental Health Erica Roberts Kate John Carys Watchorn Mold
Ripley St Thomas CE Academy Global Distribution of Wealth Ryan Moorhouse Tommy Hill Andrew Hirst Lancaster
Stonyhurst College Disenchanted with Magic: A Defence of the Truth Madelaine Frank Adrienne Meagher Tristan Alford Clitheroe

The results intermediate category:

  • 1st place - Flint High School
  • 2nd place - Ripley St Thomas CE Academy
  • 3rd place - Bolton School (Girls)
  • Best Chairperson: Ryan Moorhouse (Ripley St Thomas CE Academy)
  • Best Speaker: Kate John (Flint High School)
  • Best VOT: Carol Habib (Bolton School(Girls)

Senior category

Team Topic Chairperson Speaker Proposer
Rotary Club
Alun School Think Before You Speak Aled Hanson Nadine Dellaway Imogen Parsley Mold
Bolton School (Girls) Financial Literacy Hafsa Syed Lucy Stiles Elizabeth Crowther Bolton Daybreak
Oswestry School Science Fighting Dogma or Skinny Dipping in Bognor: What is Freedom? Maisie Evans Valeriia Chertilina Tsveta Stratieva Oswestry
St Michael's CE High School Mental Health: Accepting not Rejecting Georgia Cooper Emily Crook Finty Royle Chorley Astley
The Lakes School The Steely Grey Area of American Gun Laws Isaac Parkinson Reece Hammond Ben Faulkner Windermere
Tower College Selling Shakespeare Pratyush Mishra Eliza McCarthy Eila Craig St Helens

The results Senior Category:

  • 1st place - St Michael's CE High School
  • 2nd place - Oswestry School
  • 3rd place - Bolton School (Girls)
  • Best Chairperson: Hafsa Syed (Bolton School (Girls)
  • Best Speaker: Emily Crook (St Michael's CE High School)
  • Best VOT: Tsveta Stratieva (Oswestry School)