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Young orators put their case in competition

By West Briton  |  Posted: February 27, 2014

  • Penair team members Alex Welford, Charles Hodgson, Rhiannon Drury, Peter Holmes, Caitlan Sinclair and Duncan Covey.

  • Penair team members Savannah Hall, Gisele Parnell, Chloe White, Cathie Shipwright president of Truro Rotary Club, Claudia Duval, William Dale, Oliver Pugh

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YOUNG people from Truro have been putting their public speaking skills to the test during an annual competition.

The Rotary Youth Public Speaking Competition area round was held at Helston Community College on February 10, attracting entries from nine teams representing four schools.

Teams from Penair and Truro High School competed in the area round, where three Penair teams qualified for the district round that will take place at Bodmin Community College on March 8.

Chairman of the judges Barbara Hewett-Silk said: "All the teams were of a very high standard this year and it was very hard to choose the winners.

"Congratulations to the winners and good luck to those who qualified for the next round."

Rosemary Stafford, chairman of the youth service committee of the Truro Rotary Club, said: "This competition is one that everyone enjoys.

"The teachers always assure us the topics are chosen solely by the students and as ever their interests, breadth and depth of understanding and fluency in putting their point across were outstanding.

"As a life skill, the experience of public speaking this competition provides is invaluable."

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