Our team included Nikita Smith as main speaker, Amelia Nolan as Chairman and Alice Johnson the proposer of the vote of thanks. As the enthusiastic public speakers we are, we jumped at the opportunity to compete in the National Youth Speaks Competition, to share our thoughts and views on a wider scale.
After months of preparation we finally went head to head in the local heats to compete for the chance to move through to the regional finals. We spoke upon the well debated issue of whether teenagers are merely constructs, products of the society that consumes us, from the latest technology to the demand and change in tastes and fashions.
Despite not winning it was a unique experience that allows a person to grow, we learnt how to work effectively as a team player whilst improving our presentational skills and boosting our confidence. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly and would recommend the process to anyone that has a burning desire to spread a message, however small to get involved.