Chatty teens talk a good talk

TEENAGERS talked the talk at the latest instalment of the Rotary’s Public Speaking contest.

Teams from The Winston Churchill School, St John the Baptist, Ripley Court School and Woking High School all faced their fears to make sure they were heard.

THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK – Jennifer Browne with Stella Eyers, Lauren Finney, Maya Keynes, the Intermediate overall winners

THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK – Jennifer Browne with Stella Eyers, Lauren Finney, Maya Keynes, the Intermediate overall winners

Presenting at Hoe Bridge School to members of the Rotary Club of Woking District, each group was allowed to pick a topic and then allowed a couple of weeks to prepare.

The Intermediates started the evening off with an interesting variety of speech topics, consisting current themes of interest and even some philosophical questions.

With the chairperson introducing the team and topic, the main speaker presenting the key speech, and the vote of thanks concluding with an expression of gratitude, each school proposed their own opinions and ideas about society.

The overall winners, who will now be going through to the next round, are Woking High trio Maya Keynes, Stella Eyers and Lauren Finney, who delivered ‘Watching Society Waste Away’ in which they compared the ever-growing numbers of obese people to the poverty that many other people succumb to, even in this country.

Then, after the winners of the Intermediate competition were announced, the Senior round began – although there were only two teams competing, both from Woking High.

This turned the proceedings into more of a ‘Boys versus Girls’ contest, each fighting to win the crowd over with their charm and, of course, their public speaking skills.

The boys’ team (Ross Davidson, Matthew Hill and George Loxton) spoke comically ‘In Praise of Lying’ and analysed the philosophical rights and wrongs of telling the truth.

With a strong team and previous success it was a close call – but the judges finally sent the girls team of Vivienne Mathews, Izzy Aughterson and Sally Hitchings (left) through to the next round.

They finished the evening with a passionate speech entitled ‘You Throw Like a Girl’ which addressed sexism in sport, induced by both genders.

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