Students Win Youth Speaks Competition
This is a Rotary in Britain and Ireland (RIBI) initiative and is conducted nationally. All Rotary Districts hold this competition and winners of District competition then participate in a regional competition and winners there will go through to the national final. Other competitions for youths are Young Chef and Young Musician.
One of the District 1285 heats of the competition took place at Biddulph on 18th January. One Intermediate group and five senior groups from Cheshire area were in this heat.
Each team consists of a chairman, a speaker and a proposer for vote of thanks. Sandbach School had a team. Will Bloor - Chairman, Andrew Williams -Speaker and Kyle Mellor - Vote of Thanks. The member of staff from the school was Director of Sixth form Mr. Andy Barker.
Three Rotarians represented our club and attended the event at the Methodist Church and Victoria Centre, Biddulph. The event was hosted by Rotary Club of Biddulph and we were made very welcome by members the club.
The schools that were in the competition were, All Hallows Catholic College (Intermediate group and their topic-Peer pressure), and the senior groups were from Tytherington School (topic-Gender roles), Biddulph High School (2 teams-topics-Western children and deprived children, and Diversity in children’s books), Sandbach School (topic-What next?), and Wilmslow High School (topic-What is more important in our education). The draw was made as to which order the teams would speak and the competition commenced.
My word, the standard was very high and the atmosphere was tense. They were all, without exception, a credit to their schools. It was a serious competition indeed.
After about two hours the last team finished….the three judges were sent to a separate room to deliberate (after them being given first choice at the excellent buffet provided by Biddulph club)
At about 9 p.m., after we had all taken advantage of the buffet, the judges returned to announce the result. The Chief Judge, His Honour Judge David Fletcher C.B.E. told us, due to the very standard, how difficult the choice was and it was imperative that the judges adhered to the strict rules of the competition.
The winners of Intermediate Groups were All Hallows Catholic School. The Senior Group runners up were Wilmslow High School and to our delight the winners were Sandbach School. In addition, Best Speaker was Sandbach’s Andrew Williams and Best Vote of Thanks was Sandbach’s Kyle Mellor. The groups that won this heat will now go to the District 1285 final on 4th March at Frodsham.
District Governor Rtn. Stan Bowes presented Group winners’ certificates to All Hallows Catholic College (Intermediate Group) and Sandbach School (Senior Group), individual winners, and certificates to all boys and girls for participating.
Rtn. Mike Garratt (Rotary club of Sandbach)