District 1090 provided the winners in both the Intermediate and senior sections of a truly inspiring competition

Regional Final of Youth Speaks  

District 1090 and Oxford Clubs sponsor winning teams.

'It was a fabulous afternoon - so well organised with really high class competitors. My team enjoyed themselves immensely,' were the words of a school team organiser in South East Region to describe the Regional final of Youth Speaks held on Sunday 24 March 2013.  District 1090 was the host and organiser. Marlow Rotary Club, and Inner Wheel, led by Peter Bailey, ensured the smooth administration and welcoming atmosphere of the event.

It was inspiring to be at the event. Teams from every kind of school, and a youth group, came to Furze Platt Senior School, Maidenhead seeking the titles of South East Regional Winners. Two would win the prize of entry to the National Youth Speaks Final in Hull on 28th April. Guildford County Girls School, Cranbrook School, Kent, Coombe Girls school New Malden, and D'Overbroeck's College, Oxford, competed in the Intermediate section; The Oxford Oratory,  Ardingly College, Dover Grammar School for Boys and Tolworth Girls in the Senior section.

As the judges pointed out, the eight groups of young people entertained, intellectually stimulated, and enthralled the audience. Subjects ranged over a wide area: the Queen's English, art, wrestling, cosmetic concerns on beauty, the importance of learning French, and the dangers of conformity.

But there had to be winners. D'Overbroecks College, won The Intermediate title, discussing Like, Abuse; Oxford Oratory, won the Senior, reflecting on the value of The Green- Eyed Monster. Both winning teams are sponsored by the Rotary Clubs of Oxford, Oxford North and Oxford Isis.

The level of subtle humour, and language - described as 'lyrical' by the judges - was exciting and impressive, the team work convincing.  
It was, 'A fabulous afternoon'

Intermediate Section

D'Overbroecks College    sponsored by Rotary Clubs of Oxford, Oxford North  and Oxford Isis

Subject            Like Abuse
Chairman            Sophia Saban
Speaker            Jamie Jackson-Jessel
Vote of Thanks        Laurel Benjamin

Senior Section

The Oxford Oratory:    sponsored by Rotary Clubs of Oxford, Oxford North and Oxford Isis
Subject            The Green-eyed monster
Chairperson        Brian Clarke
Speaker            Michael Jacobs
Vote of Thanks        Natasha Seneviratne

Tony Hill, Youth Service Chairman