On 17th November, four Year 13 pupils from Ballyclare Secondary School, Adrianna Coulter, Kathryn Wilson, Nicole Reid and Alex Hill competed in a Soroptimist Public Speaking competition in Monkstown Community Centre. The event was highly competitive and the standard described as, ‘exceptionally high’ by senior judge Dr Joan McCoid. The competitors from Ballyclare Secondary School spoke on topics entitled, ‘Social Media: Friend or Foe?’ and ‘Gender Quotas in Politics: Right or Wrong?’ All of the girls spoke exceptionally and the standard of their structure, research and delivery was praised by all three judges. Kathryn Wilson was placed second, just behind Nicole Reid in first place. Nicole will now proceed to the Northern Ireland final on Saturday, 7th February in Hillsborough.