Youth Speaks Teams Triumph

Congratulations to both the Senior and Junior 'Youth Speaks' teams who have taken the top spot once again. The prestigious Youth Speaks competition, organised by the Rotary Club, is set up to allow children to speak about matters that mean a lot to their generation.

The Senior team was made up of Julia Lazarus (Chairperson), Olivia Foskett (Main Speaker) and Lizzie Lemon (Proposer of the Vote of Thanks); they had their semi-final on Friday 5th February in Luton. The group were the youngest competitors in the competition, competing against five other impressive teams from John F Kennedy School (Hemel), Sir John Lawes School (Harpenden), The Priory School (Hitchin), The Royal Masonic School for Girls (Rickmansworth) and Vandyke Upper School (Leighton Buzzard).

The students were speaking once again about the potential threat of artificial intelligence in their speech: 'Artificial Intelligence; should we be afraid?' Olivia's exceptional knowledge of the subject and her delivery of the 6 minute speech led her to also be voted best speaker of the night.

This impressive feat was replicated a week later when the 1st Form team competed at the Intermediate level, which took place at Vandyke Upper School, (Leighton Buzzard). Bella Martin (Chairperson), Evie Jackson (Main Speaker) and Georgiana Wainwright-Jones (Proposer of the Vote of Thanks) delivered a speech on the topic of children’s rights with the title, ‘Children – Rights and Wrongs.’ Again, the girls were the youngest competitors in the competition; however, they delivered their speech with maturity. The girls competed against teams from Leighton Buzzard, St Albans, Hemel Hemstead, Chorleywood and Hitchin; topics included music festivals and superhero stereotypes.

The group were completely shellshocked at being announced as the winner; they had been scoring the other teams throughout the night with their own unofficial marking system: 'OK', 'Good', 'V. V. V. Good!'

The two teams will now compete in the District Final:

  • Intermediate Team - 9th March - Tilsworth Golf Centre
  • Senior Team - 10th March - Tilsworth Golf Centre

Good luck to both teams!