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Rotary helps Whitby youngsters speak out

Rotary helps Whitby youngsters speak out

An annual public-speaking competition organised by the local Rotary club experienced another successful year.

The Speak Out competition, organised by The Rotary Club of Whitby & District, brought together youngsters from local schools and gave them a chance to try their hand at public speaking.

There were six teams made up of pupils from years five to six, the winning team coming from Flying Hall School.

They spoke out on the subject ‘Better to be young and poor rather than rich or old’ – just one of the many interesting topics that the teams dived into.

Bob Cameron, President of Whitby & District Rotary, handing the Perry Cup to Alex Welford.

There was also an award for best individual speaker – the Perry Cup – that went to Alex Welford of Hawsker School, his topic being ‘Twitter and Facebook should only be used with great care’.

The event took place at Caedmon College in front of a live audience and judging panel who were very impressed with the level of confidence and dedication displayed by the students.

Michael Stones, one of the event organisers and a member of Whitby & District Rotary, commented: “It is always one of the highlights of the year to see these young people step up to the challenge of making a speech in front of an audience.

“They invariably do themselves, their families and their schools great credit and benefit hugely from the experience.

“It is a real pleasure for the Rotary Club to continue our involvement with this competition.”

Bob Cameron, President of Whitby & District Rotary, was on hand to present the trophies to the winners, who thoroughly enjoyed the experience of the competition.