Bishop's Stortford High School students win Rotary debating title
Fast-talking students at The Bishop’s Stortford High School have triumphed in the senior district final of Rotary’s Youth Speaks competition.
A team of Year 10 students defeated rivals from all over Essex and Havering, some of them sixth-formers.
This is the third successive year that a trio from the London Road secondary has won the Ron Duggan Trophy.
Speaking fourth of the five teams in the Essex County Council chamber in Chelmsford, chairman Finn Lihoreau, main speaker Elliot Wood and proposer of the vote of thanks Finn Aylott gave a very assured and heartfelt presentation on the subject How to Spot a Feminist.
They were praised by the judges for the quality of their ideas, their excellent teamwork and the fact that all three spoke without referring to notes.
On a night of high-class public speaking, the judges named TBSHS’s team as overall winners, with Elliot also being awarded the prize for best speaker and Finn Aylott winning best vote of thanks.
Team coach and retired teacher Tony Fraser said: “This was an excellent performance, especially for such a young team who had all been heavily involved in the inter-house drama competition at school only a few days beforehand. Congratulations to them and their coach, Miss Davies, and thanks to all the parents and other family members who came to support them.”
In the intermediate district final the week before, Daniel Connor was declared best chairman as the TBSHS Year 8 team was narrowly defeated by Colchester Royal Grammar School.