ALC Public Speaking Competition Winners

The Area Learning Community Public Speaking Competition was arranged by the ALC Literacy Support Group for the local schools. St. Patrick’s College organised the titles, the judging and co-ordinated the event, for which we are very grateful.

Key Stage 3 pupils were given the title: “Doubts that creep – there is no doubt that this has been a challenging year for everyone, what would be your story of hope?”

This was judged by best-selling author, Emma Heatherington, from Donaghmore.  She awarded first place to Charlotte Kennedy in Year 8 and said:

“First place had a mixture of everything I was looking for.  Her delivery, her style, her content: everything was on form. Her question at the end, “Who would have thought we would be looking forward to going back to school” really made me think.”

Key Stage 4 pupils were given the topic: “Dear World Leaders”.

This was judged by Malachi Cush, the local singer-songwriter. He awarded second place to Chloe Acheson in Year 12 and said:

“In second place we listened to an impassioned presentation on gender equality which was backed up with great quotations and facts that really hit home with me as a viewer and listener.  The delivery of this piece made it clear to me that you knew and cared deeply for this subject matter.  So well done.”

We are delighted for both Charlotte and Chloe in their recent success and look forward to congratulating both girls when we see them again soon back in school.

Check our our RSD social media page on Facebook to listen to both girls’ winning entries and the KS3 and KS4 judges’ glowing reviews.

The results for each category are as follows:

1st place: Charlotte Kennedy (RSD)
2nd place: Summer Armstrong (ICD)
3rd place: Victoria Campbell (Fivemiletown)

1st place: Gabija Biciulaityte (St Patrick’s College)
2nd place: Chloe Acheson (RSD)
3rd place: Katie Rois McCann (St Ciaran’s)

1st place: Matthew Winter (ICD)
2nd place: Alanna McNulty (St Patrick’s College)
3rd place: Emma Phair (Fivemiletown)

Each winner received a plaque and a voucher.

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