Warwick boys prove it’s good to talk

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Milan Oakland, Year 8, Harrison Williams and Ed Jobburn, both Year 7, were in Warwick Schools winning Youth Speaks team. Submitted photo.

SIX schools went head-to-head in the Rotary Club’s annual Youth Speaks competition.

Students from Myton School, Warwick School, King’s High and Aylesford in Warwick, as well as Kingsley School and Princethorpe College competed in the round of the competition hosted by Rotary Clubs of Warwick, Warwick Avon, and Southam 2000.

Each had 12 minutes to present the case for a topic of their choosing. They ranged from ‘Social media – an essential right?’ to ‘The High Street is not sexist’.

They were judged at St Nicholas’ Church in Warwick on Thursday, 11th February, by an experienced panel well steeped in the mystical art of public speaking.

The event was attended by the President of the Rotary Club of Warwick, Rotary District Governor Paul Jaspal, as well as Warwick Mayor Cllr Mandy Littlejohn, parents and colleagues.

The Intermediate class was won by a team from Warwick School which discussed ‘The Advantages of single sex education’, and the Senior class was won by a team from Princethorpe College, which discussed ‘Is religion an outdated concept?’

The winners were given Book Tokens from Warwick Books, which supported the event and will now compete in the West Midlands regional rounds.

One of the judges, Alan Bailey, said: “It takes self confidence to put yourself on a platform at 13 and present a case to an audience of total strangers, and all those who performed can be proud of the progress they made and the way they had their listeners engrossed.

“Congratulations are due to those who participated, and their teachers who cajoled and supported them through the preparation process.”