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2023/2024 Public Speaking Competition

Soroptimist International Northern Ireland (SINI)

41st Annual Youth Award Public Speaking Competition


Northern Soroptimists hold an Annual Youth Awards Public Speaking Competition. The competition is open to girls from local schools age 14/15. Its aim is to help girls develop their communication skills and to enhance their future studies and career opportunities.

The topics reflect Soroptimist Key work areas which is known to us as the 5 P’s.

‘People, Planet, Prosperity, Partnership and Peace’

The speech choices for 23/24 competition were as follows:


With so much social media why are we all so lonely?


Can we extinguish Climate Change in the 21st Century?


United Nations predict it will be 300 years to reach gender equality – Seriously!


The internet and artificial intelligence have made us a more connected and democratic world.


Does society need to change how we deal with migration?


In Health “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.


Girls from a total of 45 schools entered the 23/24 competition and speeches covered all six topics. The SINI Regional Public Speaking final was held on 3 February 2024. Twelve girls competed in the final, and they performed to an exceptionally high standard, giving the judges a difficult job on the day.


1st Prize: Cliodhna Logan, Rathmore Grammar School, Dunmurry. Representing SI Lisburn and District. Cliodhna’s topic was HEALTH.


2nd Prize: Romav Ali, Aquinas Grammar School, Belfast. Romav’s topic was PEACE

3rd Prize: Grace McCaul, St Mary’s College, Londonderry. Grace’s topic was PEOPLE

Judges Public Speaking Final 2024


Walker Ewart, Maeve-Ann Hanlon and Diane Koplewsky

The Northern Ireland Soroptimist Public Speaking competition is a wonderful and interesting event. It showcases the talented girls we have in N

Elaine Molyneaux

Yvonne Molyneaux

Joint Public Speaking Regional Convenors