Rotary Club picks the winners of a youth public speaking competition

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WINNERS of a Rotary Club public speaking competition will go on to a next round.

The Grantham heats took place at the King’s Hotel, in North Parade, with pupils of St Hugh’s Maths and Computing College competing for the first time.

The aim of the competition is to give young people experience in speaking on a public platform.

The winning team was from Walton Girls’ High School, and consisted of Emily Donovan, Nakita Fallon and Allanna Rowland with a speech entitled ‘What you can’t say in public’. Nakita was also chosen as ‘Best Speaker’.

Walton Girls was doubly proud when Alex Cryer, Chloe Streets and Casey Ralph won in the senior round with their speech entitled ‘Reality TV: Has it gone too far?’ Best speaker was Chloe.

Runners-up in the intermediate competition were Walton pupils Casey Bouhricha, Eloise Sinclair and Georgina Green with a speech entitled ‘Is technology making us stupid?’

Meanwhile a team from The King’s School - Blake Taylor, Alex George and Charles Barton - was runner-up in the senior round with speech ‘Obesity and the NHS’.

All four teams will go forward to the next round at Bourne Grammar School in January.