Trio triumph at Rotary International Youth Speaks competition
18th February 2019

Three Rydal Penrhos pupils have made it through to the regional final of a prestigious competition.

Eddie Hackman, Morgan Kendall and Richard Wolfendale, Year 11 pupils at the school, competed against the best young debaters in the regional at the Rotary International Youth Speaks competition on Monday, February 11.

The contest is designed to encourage speaking and presentation skills in young people and showcases superb quality speakers.

The judges looked at criteria such as team work, the speaker’s ability to present and develop a topic, and the chairperson’s management of the meeting.

Eddie opened the presentation, as Chairperson, posing the question ‘Are flags related to politics?’, before Richard took on the role of main speaker and delivered a truly captivating speech, engaging the audience throughout.

The presentation was then thoughtfully concluded by Morgan as the ‘Vote of Thanks’.

The trio received numerous complimentary comments from the panel of highly skilled judges and as a result, were crowned overall winners of the competition.

They will now compete in the district final taking place in March at Glyndwr University, Wrexham.

This is yet another outstanding result from a Rydal Penrhos perspective as part of the competition, with the team of Cerys Cuddihy, Kevin Farrell and Sydney Johnson making it all the way to the national finals, where Cerys was crowned Best Chairperson of any team in the competition in 2017.

Senior School Head Sally Ann Harding, said: “There are few things more important in life than the ability to speak confidently, convincingly and clearly in public.

“Morgan, Kendall and Richard gave an incredibly good account of themselves and they should be very proud, but perhaps more importantly they are just as eloquent in and around the school on a daily basis.

“Hopefully this is the start of great things to come and we wish them the very best of luck in the district final.”

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