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On Thursday 1st February, three Year 11 students attended the Youth Speaks District Heat at Bedford High School in Leigh. Youth Speaks is a public speaking competition in which students are required to speak in detail about a topic of their choice. Our students chose ‘The US election’ and delivered a mature and wellprepared speech which showed extensive knowledge of the topic. The team had really done their homework and their confidence, lively delivery and well-timed comedy were commented on by audience members. Daniel Ross, the team’s chairperson, introduced the team and ensured the presentation ran smoothly from beginning to end. Daniel Wright, the team’s main speaker, then spoke eloquently about the topic, delivering his strong, final message that ‘politics may affect people, but people also affect politics’. Finally, Olivia Faulkner offered the team’s vote of thanks to the judges and summarised the team’s views enthusiastically and clearly.

Unfortunately, the team narrowly missed out to Westhoughton High School who delivered an excellent speech on mental health, with the judges commenting that it was a shame both teams couldn’t move forward in the competition. The team thoroughly enjoyed the experience and we look forward to taking part in the Youth Speaks competition next year!

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