Students talk their way to a double success

WINNING FEELING: The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College team with Rotary District Governor Jean Thompson.
WINNING FEELING: The English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College team with Rotary District Governor Jean Thompson.

AN eloquent team of town students have talked their way into winning a prestigious regional competition.

Pupils from English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College, in Catcote Road, took part in the Hartlepool leg of the Rotary Club’s speaking contest and won.

The High Tunstall College of Science team who were runners-up in the senior event.

The High Tunstall College of Science team who were runners-up in the senior event.

Then last weekend, the talented Intermediate team of youngsters took part in the Rotary District Youth Speaks Competition, and scooped first prize there as well.

And now they will compete in the regional finals in Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland, on March 21.

The district contest saw the English Martyrs’ students edge past Monkseaton High School, based in Whitley Bay, to win the Intermediate (11 to 13 years old) competition in the North East District Finals on Sunday at Gateshead.

Despite a valiant fight, High Tunstall College of Science youths were just pipped by Monkseaton High School in the Senior (14 to 17 years old) event.

I was really impressed by all of the teams and congratulate them on the high standards they have achieved.

Jean Thompson, District Governor for Rotary North East

Both teams had been winners in Hartlepool Rotary’s competition in February.

English Martyrs though, now stand a chance to get through to the national finals in Brentwood, Essex, in May if they succeed in Linlithgow.

Rotary Youth Speaks competitions take the form of presentations by teams of three members – a chairperson, a speaker and a proposer of the vote of thanks.

Teams are free to choose their own topics and a panel of judges awards points and decides on the winner.

Lois Joynt, from the English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College.

Lois Joynt, from the English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College.

English Martyrs’ Intermediate team chose ‘The Cost of Consumerism’ as their topic, and this was professionally delivered by Lois Joynt.

Ella Maxwell, gave an excellent presentation on ‘Is This The End of The Page 3 Ethos’ for High Tunstall’s Senior team.

Trophies and certificates were presented by Jean Thompson, District Governor for Rotary North East.

She praised all of the teams on their presentations and commented afterwards: “I was really impressed by all of the teams and congratulate them on the high standards they have achieved.”

Ella Maxwell from High Tunstall College of Science.

Ella Maxwell from High Tunstall College of Science.