‘High standard’ of competitors at Rotary Youth Speaks speech event

The winning Senior team from Downlands Community School
The winning Senior team from Downlands Community School

The area semi-final of ‘Youth Speaks’ was hosted by the Downlands Community School earlier this month.

Rotary Youth Speaks welcomed seven competing teams from Burgess Hill Academy, Downlands Community School, Durrington High School, Lewes Priory and Midhurst Rother College .

Teams from these schools contested the Intermediate and Senior sections, and they were all supported by their local Rotary Clubs. The Rotary Club of Sussex Vale also attended to help run the event and support the Downlands Community School entrants.

Duncan Honeyman, Rotary member, said: “The 80-strong audience was treated to some well-presented and thoughtful speeches. The standards displayed by all the teams were extremely high, with a varied and interesting selection of topics, making the independent judges task a very challenging one. The Intermediate competition was won by the team from Midhurst Rother College speaking on the subject ‘Are men really men?’ and the Senior winners were from Downlands Community School who discussed ‘The trials and tribulations of social media’. The individual award winners were drawn from across the different teams.”

Both winning teams now progress to the Rotary District Final in Dorking, which will take place on Saturday, March 10.

To find out more about Rotary, visit www.rotary-sxvale.org.uk, email secretary@rotary-sxvale.org.uk, or find the local group on Facebook.