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Giggleswick through to District Round of Rotary International Youth Speaks Competition

Youth Speaks at Giggleswick School

Pupils from four schools put their speaking skills to the test in the local heat of the Youth Speaks Competition 2017, which was held in the Memorial Library of Giggleswick School. Promoted by Rotary International, the competition is designed to encourage the development of effective communication skills.


The Giggleswick teams were joined by teams from, Upper Wharfedale and South Craven. Each team had three members with separate roles: chair, main speaker and vote of thanks; and had to speak on a subject of their own choice for a total of 10 minutes.


Giggleswick entered two teams in the intermediate competition. Martha Richmond, Olivia Henson and Sophie Huber spoke about deforestation. Jack Harrison, Reuben Mander and James Gaynor educated the audience about the Chinese luxury tax. Olivia went on to win the prize for the Best Speaker in this age group and the section was won by Ermysteds.

In the senior competition, Emma Sharp spoke passionately on ‘Three clicks Away’, ably assisted by Sebastian Ironside and Francesca Tomasso. This section was won by our Year 11 Giggleswick team, comprising of Chair, Euan Brennan, main speaker, Alice Stephens, who spoke eloquently on the ‘Right to Offend’, with the Vote of Thanks given by Katherine Clay. The award for best speaker in this age group went to Luke Gonnella, from Ermysteds, who chaired his team’s talk on ‘Ecology – a modern twist’.


The competition was judged byDavid Prichard, Chair of Upper Wharfedale Museum Society; Andrew Allington, Associate Rector at Burnsall Parish Church; David Fox, Youth Chair of Settle Rotary Club; Elaine Davies, President of Craven Speakers Club; David Parker, Chief Officer of Skipton Town Council and Dr Andrew Jackson, GP Retired and an avid Amateur Dramatic performer.


The Moderator for the Intermediate competition, Andrew Allington, praised all the teams on their performances and gave individual team feedback. The Senior Moderator, Elaine Davies, commended all the teams on their confidence, quality of their arguments and depth of research into their chosen topics.


The prizes were given by the President of Skipton Rotary Club, Mr Burt Parker, and the winners and runners up go on to the District Final to be held on Friday 10th March in York.


Well done to all involved and thank you to the Rotary Club for organising such a great event.

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