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Trio shine at Rotary International Youth Speaks district finals

Trio shine at Rotary International Youth Speaks district finals

Three Rydal Penrhos pupils demonstrated their public speaking prowess at a prestigious recent competition.

Eddie Hackman, Morgan Kendall and Richard Wolfendale formed the school’s team that competed at the Rotary International Youth Speaks District Final, which was held at Glyndwr University in Wrexham on Thursday, March 7.

The trio tested their debating skills against eight other teams from across North Wales, Cheshire and Merseyside, and they booked their place at the competition after winning the regional heat last month.

There was a range of topics discussed from those competing, including Stem cell research, the importance of music in education and the snowflake generation.

The standard was exceptionally high and the Rydal Penrhos team were highly commended by the judging panel for their contribution to the showcase.

Head of Drama Rachel Jones, said: “The judges complimented them on their challenging topic, teamwork and mature presentation - despite being the youngest in the Senior competition.

Although they did not advance to the national finals, the group did take away an accolade from the event, as Morgan was crowned the best 'Vote of Thanks' winner from the evening.

Senior School Head Sally Ann Harding, said: “This was another outstanding performance from Eddie, Morgan and Richard, who all demonstrated composure and public speaking ability beyond their years.

“This experience is going to them an enormous amount of good and everyone at Rydal Penrhos is very proud of them.”

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