A high standard of rhetoric was in evidence when 16 students contested the Frome College English and Media Faculty’s Year 9 Public Speaking Competition.  The competition was being run for the second year and every student in Year 9 was required to develop and deliver a speech declaring what they would change ‘If I Ruled the World’ in a sequence of heats. 

Every contestant was warmly congratulated by the judges and the audience of parents and staff recognised the high quality of the speeches and maturity of the content. 

The judges, Mayor Kate Bielby, Principal Gavin Ball and Aron Schneider, Deputy Assistant Principal for Literacy and English, debated long and hard before confirming the top three speech-makers and confessed that, because of the quality of the speeches had found it hard to single out a winner. 

In the end they awarded third prize to Grace Lindley, who spoke about forming a world council; second prize to Holly Fleetwood, who spoke about making education more inclusive whilst the winner was Solo Candy who spoke about the dangers of social media.

Aron Schneider praised Sarah Henry for organising the event and the competitors.  He said: ‘New GCSEs and the demands of higher education and employer’s means that it is essential that young people are skilful and confident when taking part in presentations.’
Gavin Ball concluded the evening by praising the contestants as ‘brilliant’ and celebrating the achievements of all involved. 

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