Burgess Hill School for Girls was the venue for the first round of the prestigious Rotary ‘Youth Speaks’ Competition held on Monday 10th November 2014.
The competition is designed to encourage speaking and presentational skills and showcases superb quality young speakers.
Burgess Hill School for Girls entered three teams into this incredibly high standard competition. The speakers engaged the audience on a wide range of topics.
In the Intermediate category, the Burgess Hill School for Girls team, consisting of Amy Nicholson (Chair), Cara Eckstein (Speaker), Jasmine Sutaria (Vote of Thanks) were victorious - securing their place in the next of the competition round with their presentation, “If MPs are so rude, why can’t children be?’.
Cara and Amy were rewarded with additional individual prizes for the calibre of their delivery.
In a hotly contested Senior category, Burgess Hill School for Girls entered two teams. Student Florence Merrett from the second team was awarded the Rotary award for the best Chairperson and Eleanor Reffin, from the first team secured the award for the best Speaker. Eleanor and her team mates, Nell Sumners and Tatra Blewett Mundy also secured the top position beating six other teams and will go on to represent the Rotary Club of Burgess Hill at the District finals.
Mrs Deborah Rees, Public Speaking teacher said, “In a highly competitive field, all the girls should be congratulated for their impressive delivery, well considered speeches and attention to detail. They were pushed outside of their comfort zones and rose to the challenge admirably.”
Report and picture contributed by Burgess Hill School for Girls.