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Quick thinking trio triumph in Rotary schools debating contest

Sarah Mason 11th Apr, 2022

A FRIENDLY war of words took place when young people gathered to compete in The 11th Heart of England Rotary Club’s Youth Speaks Finals Day.

Pupils from ten schools across the district took up the debating challenge for the return of the popular competition after three years due to lockdown.

The Youth Speaks champions in the Senior Competition were Alcester Grammar School and, runner up was The Heart of England School in Balsall Common, made up of Caitlin Murry, Oliver Bennett and Farah Mead.

Champions in the Intermediate Competition were Solihull School, represented by Fatima Hammad, Isabella Skinner and Jenna Ladwa. Runners up were King Edward VI School in Stratford.

The debates, which took place at The Methodist Church in Warwick, covered a wide variety of topics from Is Society Actually Absurd to Banning Rugby In Schools.

Rotarian and event organiser David Valentine, said: “The standard of the delivery of the debates from all the schools was first class.

“The audience loved every minute of the competition particularly where the questioner put scenarios to them which required the team to be very quick thinking as they were also against the clock where points could soon be deducted.”

Cups, medals, book tokens and Certificates were presented by the current District Governor of District 1060, David Clayfield and next year’s incoming, District Governor John Parkinson.

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