College Secures Second and Third Place at the Youth Speaks: Rotary Club Competition
On Monday 23 November, two public debating teams from Newton Abbot College attended the Youth Speaks: Rotary Club Competition at the Courtenay Centre in Newton Abbot. The competition, recognised on a national level, invites teams of three students from each school to present and answer questions on topics of their choice. Each team member takes on one of three roles: chairperson, speaker and vote of thanks. Each student must deliver their speeches during strict allotted timeframes set in advance of the competition by Rotary judges.
The College’s first team, comprising Year 13 students Molly Lloyd as Chairperson, Jourdan Hobbs as Speaker, and Gabrielle Bray as Vote of Thanks, presented the dangers of advertisements; covering issues such as women’s body image as a result of the impact of media advertising and advertisement-induced violence in society. The College’s second team, comprising James Perry as Chairperson, Zach Leishman as Speaker and Kalib Smith as Vote of Thanks, delivered a confident piece discussing the question ‘Is the British Car Industry Dead?’ and the effects on the global motoring economy.
Event organiser, Jacqueline Bennett, was thrilled with the quality of the College’s entries: ‘We were so impressed with all the entries and the hard work and professionalism shown by the students – and we thought the questions were dealt with magnificently!’ with one of the judges adding that ‘Zachary Leishman was the best speaker of the day.’
Despite being placed second and third in the competition, and therefore not progressing to the next round of district competitions or regional finals, the students and College organiser, Hannah Le Couilliard, were pleased with their first ever entry into the competition. Jourdan Hobbs believes the skills acquired during the process will stand her in good stead for the future: ‘I would really recommend students taking part in the competition in subsequent years. The competition demands great preparation, in-depth topic research and an ability to communicate confidently with and in front of others; skills I look forward to applying to my Open University English Literature degree course which I will be starting next year.’