Passionate student speakers are winners

The winning team - from left: Oscar, Benjamin, Rain and Alex

Towering ideas as Southsea school pupils take on challenge

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STRONG opinions were expressed by students taking part in a Youth Speaks event at St John’s College.

The annual competition organised by the Portsmouth and Southsea Rotary gave youngsters in the city the opportunity to speak about a topic they feel strongly about.

Maureen Frost, of the Hampshire Chamber of Commerce who chaired the panel of judges, said: ‘I was impressed by the confidence and clarity of all the speakers.’

Millie Christie, Matilda Wear and Freya Hardcastle from St John’s College, Southsea, won the intermediate class for 11 to 13-year-olds for a speech on what life would be like in 20 years’ time.

The senior section was won by Isabel Printer, Fay Davies and Katie Millard from Portsmouth High School, for a discussion of the benefits of a world with one language.

And Emma Uden from Springfield School in Drayton was chosen as the best speaker of the competition following her talk on the subject Is love an ageless passion?

They will all compete against winners from Gosport, Cosham and Fareham at the Guildhall on January 31.