Students speak out for Shipston

MHBG-17-01-13 Jonathan Baker''Jonathan Baker - Head teacher at Shipston High School
MHBG-17-01-13 Jonathan Baker''Jonathan Baker - Head teacher at Shipston High School

Students from Shipston High School have won their latest heat of the Rotary Youth Speaks Competition.

Year Nine students Tristan Hoff, Ben Bryan and Gilbert Blocksidge saw off competition from King Edward VI School in Stratford-upon-Avon at the evening on February 13, with their speech on ‘The Apocalypse Now is Overpopulation’.

Jonathan Baker, Shipston headteacher, said: “I feel immensely proud of our students’ achievement in winning the competition. Each of our team members really rose to the occasion and together they presented a formidable performance.

“They are further proof of the extremely strong tradition of public speaking in the school.”

For the competition each team consisted of a chairperson, main speaker and a proposer of a vote of thanks. The team explored with a mixture of seriousness and humour the plight now facing the planet.

Each team was awarded marks by a panel of judges for the quality of the public speaking as well as the content of their ideas.

The adjudicators praised the students for the way they worked together to make a highly polished, amusing and eloquent presentation of their topic.

At the end of the competition, the students were presented with their certificates by Colin Black, president of Shipston-on-Stour Rotary Club. They will now be invited to take part in the district final due to be held on March 10.

The Rotary Youth Speaks Competition has been running for a number of years. Rotary members feel public speaking is an important life skill.

The finals will be split into the intermediate competition for 11-13-year-olds and the senior competition for 14-17-year-olds.