The Cottesloe School, of Wing, won the Rotary Club’s Youth Speaks public speaking competition senior category.
The competition took place at Aylesbury Grammar School, and featured three teams, with two from Aylesbury Grammar and one from Cottesloe. Unfortunately two other teams from local schools were forced to pull out at late notice due to unforeseen circumstances.
The Cottesloe team of main speaker Tom Crilly-McKean, 18, of Aylesbury, chairman Bryn Blake, 18, of Wing, and vote of thanks Joshua Jackson, 17, of Aylesbury, gave a lively and witty talk on the importance of a shared language in creating a harmonious society.
Bryn said: “We were absolutely elated to win. We nearly jumped out of our seats; especially given how tough the competition was. There were some really good speakers involved, drama students with great stage control and they really knew how to project their voices, so we were really pleased to win.”
The Cottesloe team will now progress to the district round of the competition in February, where they will face stiff competition from schools from across Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.
English teacher Mr Ockendon, who prepared the team for the competition, was overjoyed with the win. He said: “The boys have really done the school proud. Their speech was fantastic and the judges and other competitors were full of praise for them afterwards. It was a close competition, but we are very happy to be going through.”
It is the second year in a row that the Cottesloe School has reached the district finals of the competition. The winning students were each awarded with a certificate and book vouchers.