Trio triumph at Rotary International Youth Speaks Regional finals
8th March 2017

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

Cerys Cuddihy, Kevin Farrell and Sydney Johnson, all Year 9 pupils at the school, were crowned champions of the Rotary International’s Youth Speaks competition district head, which was held at Glyndwr University on Friday, March 3.

Competing against eight other qualifiers from the North West and Cheshire, they delivered tremendous address on their chosen topic which was ‘Guilt – is it good or bad?’ to secure the title.

Deputy Head Tim Cashell stated that the audience was “thoroughly engaged” during the 15-minute presentation, and that judges had “expressed their delight at our team’s professionalism” following their talk.

In addition Sydney was also awarded Best Proposer of the Vote of Thanks for her expert manner, summary skills and quick thinking.

They will now go on to the regional finals of the competition, which will take place on Friday, March 25 in Lancashire.

Mr Cashell, added: “This is a remarkable achievement and everyone at Rydal Penrhos is thrilled with Kevin, Cerys and Sydney.

“They have worked hard together as a unit to make sure their presentation was perfect, and they were absolutely flawless on the night and thoroughly deserving of the title.”

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