Two teams of Year 12 pupils took part in the first round of this year’s Youth Speaks competition, which was held here at Mount Kelly on Thursday 26 January in the College Library.
Amelia, Anna and Brooke presented a fascinating and well informed debate on the subject of whether Henry VII or Elizabeth I was the most significant Tudor monarch, whilst Sophie, Clara and Iman engaged in a lively debate over whether Lewis Hamilton or Michael Schumacher deserves the title of the greatest sportsman.
Both teams had prepared their speeches in detail and were able to impress the judges with their knowledge of their topics, their organisation of the arguments, and the way in which they handled the questions from the floor.
At the end of the evening the judges announced that both teams would qualify for the next round – the District Final in Bodmin on the 25 February – representing both Mount Kelly and the Tavistock and District Rotary Club. The judges passed on invaluable feedback to both teams regarding how they could improve still further before the next round. A particular mention must go to Anna who was singled out by the judges for the confident and lively manner with which she delivered her argument.
Thanks must go to Mr Dixon for liaising with the Rotary Club and the practical arrangements for the evening, and to Mr Morrell for helping to prepare the teams. We wish both teams every success in the next round and, who knows, beyond!
Article by Chris Morrell, Teacher of English (College)Categories: Academic