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Rotary Club Youth Speaks

The Youth Speaks Competition (run by the Rotary Club) aims to offer young people an experience in speaking on a public platform as a member of a team. Much like a debate, speakers have to formulate ideas and discuss topical subjects, but all within a limited time. Each discussion is then marked on a number of levels including expression, content, presentation and teamwork. It is open to anyone between the ages of 11 and 17 years, from schools to community groups (such as Scouts and Guides).

This is the third year that the Rotary Club have held the competition in Sleaford where St George’s Academy have won the Intermediate competition all three years. This year we put ourselves forward to host one of the local rounds (held at our Sleaford Campus); entering a wealth of teams all performing to such a high standard. Out of the eight prizes on offer, our students won seven!

The Year 9 Sleaford Campus Team took first prize on the topic of “Our Democratic System is Failing Us”.  Team members were Isabelle (Chair); Emmet (Speaker – also winning Runner-up Speaker); Ellis (Vote of Thanks – winner of Best VoT). This is the second year running that Emmet and Ellis have won!

The Year 8 Ruskington Campus team took the Runner-up Team prize talking on the topic of “Teen Stereotyping is Wrong”. Team members were Olivia (Chair – also winning Runner-up Chairperson); Hannah (Speaker – also winning Best Speaker); Emily (Vote of Thanks)

The Year 9 Ruskington Campus Team, discussed “Artificial Intelligence – Ally or Antagonist?” and Chloe won the Best Chairperson, supported by Adam (Speaker) and Daniel (VoT)

Our second Year 8 Ruskington Campus Team discussed “All Families Deserve Respect” and Atlanta (Chair); Hannah (Speaker); and Danielle (VoT) gave a wonderful performance.

The winning teams (1st place and runners-up) will now compete in the next round in January.

Congratulations to everyone who took part. You did yourselves and the Academy proud, well done.