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2018/2019 Public Speaking Competition

Soroptimist International of Lurgan held their Public Speaking Competition on Monday 11th November 2019. There were 10 competitors from 4 schools; Lurgan College, Lismore Comprehensive, St. Ronan’s College and Banbridge Academy. The competitors had been given 6 topics to choose from and spoke for a minimum of 4 minutes and a maximum of 6 on one of the following:

  • Young women of today – is it a glass ceiling or a sticky floor?
  • Sweatshops – are we responsible for their creation?
  • Experience is the teacher of all things!
  • To bee or not to bee! Without bees, are we in trouble?
  • Overfed or underfed – a modern day issue!
  • Domestic violence – silence is its greatest friend.

The panel of adjudicators judged the speeches on content; construction and style; and delivery and impact. The adjudicators were Councillor Julie Flaherty, Soroptimist Beatrice Ferguson and the panel was chaired by Norma Menabney who is a Subject Librarian at Queen’s University.

The winner was Rosie Lappin from Lurgan College who had chosen ‘To bee or not to bee.’ Runner up was Madison McGeown from Lismore Comprehensive and 3rd place went to Susanna Elliott from Banbridge Academy. Rosie will now represent SI Lurgan at the 38th Northern Ireland Public Speaking Final on Saturday 8th February in Hillsborough Village Centre. At the Final Rosie will deliver her prepared speech then she will have to prepare and present a 1 minute extempore on a topic that will be given to her on the day with 15 minutes preparation time.