On 16 January, three teams from Applemore College rustled up their confidence and found their voices to compete in the first round of Hythe and Waterside Rotary “Youth Speaks” competition. One Year 7 team and two Year 9 teams eagerly (and nervously) turned up at another local school in order to battle it out against one other Year 9 team.
In front of a panel of judges, teachers, parents and members of the Rotary itself, the teams, somewhat hesitantly, stood up to draw the order in which they would compete. All the students showed courage and expert knowledge in their presentation of their opinions on a topic of relevance to current young people and the delivery from all was outstanding.
Being the first to present, our Applemore Year 7 team were feeling rather daunted. Bethany Longworth (Speaker for the team) commented “I was very nervous but definitely excited to do it”. Molly Smith (Chairman) agreed. She said “Being against other Year 9 teams is a little bit scary”. Finally, Molly Blay (Vote of thanks) said “I was so nervous, I thought I was going to cry!”.
After a nail-biting 20 minutes of careful consideration (based on a huge amount of strict marking criteria) it was the Applemore Year 7 team who were announced the overall winner! Hugely elated (and also very surprised!) they are now preparing for the next stage of the competition which will take place on the 6th February.
All of us at Applemore College wish them luck!