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Midland Arden Region

Public Speaking Competition 2019

On Saturday, March 16th 2019 MAR held their 17th Public Speaking Competition at the Crowne Plaza Solihull. The competition was of an extremely high standard.

1st prize of a Trophy and £150 went to Daphne Kaz.                              Sponsored by SI Stratford upon Avon

2nd Prize of a Trophy and £75 went to Maria McNamara                        Sponsored by SI Solihull

3rd Prize of a Trophy and £25 went to Hugh Jones                                 Sponsored by SI Kidderminster

The Special Achievement trophy went to Megan Fletcher                     Sponsored by SI Coventry.

We were honoured to have with us the Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress of Solihull,  Sue Williams our Federation President and many other Federation Officers.

Our grateful thanks go to the committee and fellow Soroptimists who enabled the day to be most successful.

Public Speaking Competition 2018 

Saturday 17th March 2018, saw eleven inspirational entrants to the 16th Midland Arden Region Schools Public Speaking Competition. The event was held at Rugby Council Chamber. 

1st Prize was awarded to Sinead McCall sponsored by SI Stratford whose chosen topic was Human Trafficking – Modern Day Slavery.   How can we stop it?
2nd Prize went to Vanshika.  Sponsored by SI Rugby  Her chosen topic – Miracles do Happen.
3rd Prize was awarded to Tamanna Janjua sponsored by SI Solihull.  Her chosen Topic –   Human Trafficking – Modern Day Slavery.   How can we stop it?
A special achievement award was given to Daud Ahmed  sponsored by SI Coventry
All the candidates spoke most eloquently and were a joy to listen to.

Public Speaking Competition 2017


Midland Arden Region’s 15th Public Speaking Competition was held at the prestigious Birmingham Council Chamber on Saturday 25th March 2017.

To mark the 15th anniversary, we were honoured to have present Federation President Ann Hodgson, Past International President Ann Garvie, Past Federation Presidents Ann Dawson, Jenny Vince, Joan Smyth (who was present at our very 1st competition in 2003) and Su Roxburgh Midland Arden Region President.

Eleven young people, girls, and boys aged 14-18 yrs from Non-Fee Paying Schools across the Midland Arden Region took part.

1st prize of  £150  plus the trophy went to Thomas Woodland, sponsored by SI Stratford upon Avon his chosen topic was “Have women’s rights gone too far”

2nd  prize of £75 plus a trophy went to Jude Radley,  sponsored by SI Leamington & Warwick, his chosen topic was “Migration how open should our doors be”.

3rd prize of £25 plus a trophy was awarded to Daniel Harrison, sponsored by SI Solihull & District. His chosen topic was “What does Brexit mean to young people?”

All our contestants were given a £25 book token from their sponsoring clubs.