Students from high schools across Flintshire recently took part in the county
finals of the annual Youth Speaks competition - a public speaking contest to
find the UK school with students who have the best persuasive skills and who
are able to articulate a proposition clearly and positively.
The competition is managed by the Rotary Club of Mold in association with
Flintshire County Council’s Department of Lifelong Learning.
The venue for the finals was the Beaufort Park Hotel in New Brighton, Mold,
where pupils from Flint, Holywell, Argoed and Castell Alun High Schools, and
Alun School in Mold, waxed lyrical on a wide range of subjects.
Holywell High School took the plaudits in the intermediate category (for pupils
11 to 13 years old), while the senior category (14 to 17 year olds) was won by
Argoed High School.
The winners will represent Flintshire at the Rotary district level competition
- covering an area from mid Wales to north of the Mersey - which will be held
in Glyndwr University on 6 March 2015.
Awards for the winning schools were presented by the Rotary President, Mr
Councillor Chris Bithell, Cabinet Member for Education, presented tokens to all
the students competing. He said:
My congratulations to all the pupils who took part, and to the winners in
particular. The standard of public speaking was excellent and the judges also
recognised the high standard of the runners up this year.
This is the sixteenth year that the Rotary Club has run the Youth Speaks
competition and, if our local schools are successful in the next round, they
will compete against other schools from all over the North West of Britain,
before challenging teams from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in the grand
final. We wish them every success at the district level competition in March.
Rotarian President, Mr Leslie Butt said, We were impressed by the breadth of
subjects chosen by the students, including the winning topics ‘Do Wild Animals
Benefit From Being Kept in Captivity?’ and ‘Misguided Youth.’ They were
thoroughly researched and presented with flair and conviction. All the
students, and their teachers and parents, are to be congratulated on achieving
such high standards.
Notes to editors
0633: Holywell High School being presented with the Intermediate Trophy by
Councillor Chris Bithell. Left to right: Emma Lindsay, Lowri Kadelka-Williams
and George Evans.
0635: Argoed High School being presented with the Senior Trophy. From left to
right: Councillor Chris Bithell, John Lamont, Aled Burt and Emma Pryce.
The Rotary Club of Mold was formed in 1936 and is part of the community of
thousands of other Rotary Clubs in the 100 year old worldwide Rotary
Organisation providing help and the opportunity of service to local and
international communities. Rotary’s motto is “Service above Self”, and Rotary
is deeply involved in many humanitarian projects at both local and
international levels. Internationally, Rotary are committed to the worldwide
eradication of Polio in the next few years and to provide help and support of
communities in the third world – including disaster relief. At a local level,
Rotary provides support to local charities and disadvantaged groups. Rotary
also promotes local youth competitions including “Young Chef”, “Rotary Youth
Leadership Award” and the “Youth Speaks” public speaking competition. In recent
years the Rotary Club of Mold had national finalists in both the “Young Chef”
and the “Youth Speaks” competitions.