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Dorchester Casterbridge Rotary Club Holds Youth Speaks Semi Finals

Rotary Youth Speaks Semi Finalists

8:53am 4th March 2013

Seven teams of 11 to 13 year olds competed in the semi final at Puddletown School on Thursday 28th February with Beaminster winning and going onto the finals with the runners up, The Gryphon School from Sherborne.

The performances were exceptional from all the teams and the adjudicators, Andrew Williams and Gill Fozard, were hard pushed to pick the two teams to go on to Bath in a fortnight’s time and compete for the overall title.

The audience of parents, friends, teachers and Rotarians enjoyed a variety of interesting and sometimes humorous presentations and were treated to topics such as ‘Behave! The future of football’, ‘Don’t you hate it when….” and ‘Is the Barbie Doll an icon?’.

Best individual speaker was Callum Morley from the Gryphon School. Best Chair was J.J. Gale from Beaminster and best proposer of the vote of thanks came from Lois Froud from the Park School Yeovil.

President of The Dorchester Casterbridge Rotary Club, Lorraine Wong, said “Rotary international in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) has, for many years, run public speaking competitions for young people. Public speaking is an important life skill and is one that Rotarians value. Rotarians are always delighted to support and celebrate the expertise of young people.

District Governor, Peter Nobel added “Each year, thousands of young people take part in events that culminate in the regional and RIBI finals to which participants travel from throughout the British Isles to take part. It is a wonderful demonstration of the achievement of those taking part and a great experience of their speaking talent.”

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