Public speaking challenge sees schools impress

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Children from secondary schools in Sleaford have impressed in the first stage of a national public speaking competition.

Youngsters from Kesteven and Sleaford High School and Carre’s Grammar School were among the schools taking part in the opening round of Rotary’s Youth Speaks competition.

The initiative, run nationwide, is designed to support and encourage the development of effective public speaking skills.

It is organised in conjunction with schools and has local and regional levels ahead of a national final.

An opening round for schoolchildren in the area was recently held by The Rotary Club of Bourne.

It saw Hazel Francis, Beth Taylor, and Clary Burn, of Kesteven and Sleaford High School, take joint second place in the intermediate category (11-13yrs), with Clary also being named best speaker. First place went to Bourne Grammar School.

Natalie Sands, Emily Dunham, and Rosie Jones, also from Kesteven and Sleaford High School took first place in the senior category (14-17yrs), with second place going to Dan Walker, Euan Kennet, and Jake Craddock from Carre’s Grammar School.

Natalie Sands was named best chairman, Euan Kennet named best speaker, and Rosie Jones named best vote of thanks.

All teams progress to the district semi-finals due to be held in the new year.