IT was talk, talk, talk for youngsters in Warwick.
Northgate Methodist Church hosted the annual Youth Speaks competition organised by the Rotary Clubs of Warwick, Southam 2000 and Leamington Spa Regency, to give local young people a chance to demonstrate their public speaking skills.
This year 18 young people competed in teams from Kingsley School, Myton School, Warwick School, Southam College and Princethorpe College.
Teams competed in two classes – intermediates (aged 11 to 13) and seniors (14 to 17 years-old) – for the opportunity to compete in the West Midlands regional competition.
Each team of three had 15 minutes to debate a topic of their choosing which ranged from “Should mobile phones be allowed in schools” to “Is positive discrimination ever justified?”.
They were judged by an experienced panel well steeped in the mystical art of public speaking.
The intermediate winners were a Kingsley School which debated “Veganism is a fad” and the damage caused by de-forestation.
The senior class winners were Myton School which discussed “Your holiday does more harm than good” comparing the damage caused to the environment to the beneficial effects on our health.
Winners and runners-up received book tokens from Warwick Books which supported the event.