On Tuesday, 20th November, 3 of our year 13 pupils, Zara Davis, Jade Fyffe-McFadden and Olivia Neill competed in the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition for the Newtownabbey area.
In total, 6 schools competed. These were, Ballyclare High School, Antrim Grammar, Glengormley High School, Larne Grammar, Belfast High School and ourselves, Ballyclare Secondary School. The speeches were marked by 3 judges under the following criteria:
· The standard of English throughout the speech;
· The content of the speech; which must be lively, entertaining, informative and persuasive;
· The delivery of the speech in a way that engages the audience.
We are delighted that Zara, Jade and Olivia performed their speeches excellently and were praised for the polite and courteous manner in which they conducted themselves.
The results were:
1st – Ballyclare Secondary School – Zara Davis
2nd – Ballyclare Secondary School – Jade Fyffe-McFadden
3rd – Antrim Grammar
Our pupils were highly commended by the judges, who praised the structure and delivery of all 3 speeches.
Zara will compete in the Northern Ireland final of the competition on, Saturday, 9th February.