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Harpenden and St Albans pupils battle it out at district public speaking competition

PUBLISHED: 13:03 11 February 2019

The winning Beechwood Park School team from the Rotary Club 'Youth Speaks' public speaking competition in Harpenden. Picture: Beechwood Park School

The winning Beechwood Park School team from the Rotary Club 'Youth Speaks' public speaking competition in Harpenden. Picture: Beechwood Park School

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Pupils took to the podium for the district semi-finals of a public speaking competition in Harpenden.

The Rotary Club ‘Youth Speaks’ competition was held on Wednesday, January 30, with three schools from St Albans and Harpenden competing against other schools across three counties to win a place in the district final.

In the first round of the competition, a team from Beechwood Park School in Markyate were up against three teams from Sir John Lawes School in Harpenden and one team from Roundwood Park.

The Beechwood Park pupils, Jonathan and Joshua from Year 8 and Freddie from Year 7, delivered speeches on their chosen topic: ‘What is the world’s greatest invention?’

After getting through to the second round, they were pitted against eight teams from the winning schools from Herts, Beds and Bucks, with speeches covering a range of issues.

The judges chose three teams to go through to the final: Beechwood Park School, Aylesbury High School and Ashlyns School in Berkhamsted.

The district final will be held later in the month in Leighton Buzzard.

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