Youth Speaks Competition

In November, Ladybridge High School entered a team into the Rotary Club Youth Speaks competition. Mohammed Adnaan Patel, Ghulam Sultan and Maria Thomson delivered a passionate speech about the value of Education. We received the following comments from Phil Wood, PHF, Past President of the Rotary Club of Westhoughton after the event:

“We were very pleased to meet you, the team and some very supportive parents on Thursday.  I am delighted that Ladybridge has been involved in Youth Speaks and hope that you will want to compete again next year.

The team gave an excellent performance and I would congratulate all three of them for the fine work that they put in to preparing and delivering their talk.”

Mohammed Adnaan said of the event “The Youth Speaks event was very interesting. It gave me an immense pile of confidence and it gave me more ideas. To be honest I wasn’t scared or timid when standing up to speak. However, if I do it again I’d probably do it at a more professional level. Moreover, I really enjoyed it because it was an exceptional experience and I’d love to do it again.”

Ghulam has found that it has given him much more confidence. He has done a lot more speaking and is now an ambassador for MWT (Minhaj Welfare Trust) and speaks at every event.

Maria Thompson says, “It was a great starting point and has shown me how to get my ideas through confidently. Despite the beginning being hard, I’m still learning and improving my public speaking skills. The event itself was amazing, as you could watch the other teams presenting with humour and unique ideas. I hope to carry on. I really enjoy it, and recommend it for not just confident speakers, but shy ones with great ideas.”

On Tuesday, 6th February, the Intermediate Youth Speaks team attended St. John Rigby College in Wigan to represent Ladybridge in the zone finals of Youth Speaks. The competition, organised by The Rotary Club, is a public speaking event that gives students the chance to discuss issues that are important to them. Mohammed Nabeel Patel, (Chair Person) Jasmine Ahmed, (Speaker) and Sasha Harrison (Vote of Thanks) represented the school fantastically against teams from Bolton School Girls Division and St. Peter’s Catholic School. Their topic: ‘Social Media, is it Really a Scourge?’ was presented with maturity and thorough, relevant research. Well done team!

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