On Tuesday 28 January Guernsey’s young public speakers will go head to head in this year’s Rotary Club of Guernsey Youth Speaks Competition.
Now in its 15th year, the event is open to all Island secondary schools and colleges with the winners of each class earning a chance to compete in the District Competition being held in March.
The event, which has been supported by Mourant Ozannes for the last nine years, is part of a national initiative run by The Rotary Club. Five schools have entered this year’s event, which has two classes: the intermediate and senior competitions are judged separately and the ultimate winners from each group will go to Andover, Hampshire to compete against the best schools from the southwest region.
Nigel Dorey, President of the Rotary Club of Guernsey said: “There is obviously an element of competition in the event but it’s important to remember that the skills used are an essential part of everyday life, no matter what path the students decide to follow. We are looking forward to hearing the teams present their chosen topics and I am sure it will be another enthralling evening.”
Mourant Ozannes’ Guernsey Managing Partner Jessica Roland added: “There is a tangible link between the life skills that the competition seeks to encourage and develop and those that are exhibited through good advocacy. We are very pleased to be supporting this event once again and we wish all the competitor schools the best of luck.”
Carly Parrot and Teresa de Nobrega of Mourant Ozannes have been helping the students prepare for the big night, giving them advice on public speaking and presenting.
Each team comprises three students; a chairman, a speaker and a proposer of a vote of thanks. Participants are judged on a number of factors including: presentation; organisation skill; subject matter and ability to respond to questions. In 2013 Elizabeth College took honours in the intermediate group, with the Grammar School and 6th Form Centre winning the senior class. The two winning teams receive a shield in memory of Raymond Falla OBE and there are awards made by Mourant Ozannes to participants who are not members of the two winning teams.
The event takes place at St James on Tuesday 28 January, beginning at 6pm.