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Rotary competition success for Leek students

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: March 24, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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Students from Leek have done well at the district finals of a round of Rotarian-led competitions.

Four Rotary District competitions have taken place this month with students from St Edward's Academy and Westwood College earning themselves a place in finals of the related competitions.

The Youth Speaks team from St Edward's were clear winners in the intermediate age final and now go on to the regional final in Gloucestershire later this month.

The team of Henry Williamson (Chairman) John Daly (Main Speaker) and Lewis Colley (Vote of Thanks) spoke on the topic of Should We Remember – a topical subject as we remember the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

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The Senior Youth Speaks Competition team was from Westwood College. The team of Chloe Read (Chairman), Rhiannon Mathias (Main Speaker) and Rebecca Wood (Vote of Thanks) choose as their subject 'Nature or Nurture' which considered the reasons underlying crime.

Michael Readman of Leek Rotary Club said: "The team were complimented by the judges for the quality of their arguments used. All the teams found the experience of speaking in public boosted their confidence and was a valuable and rewarding experience."

John Daly from St Edward's Academy also represented Leek at the final of the Young Musician competition, held in Wolverhampton.

He performed on the piano playing 'Sturdy Build' by Christopher Norton and 'Maple Leaf Rag' by Scott Joplin.

Mr Readman said: "This is the second year running that John has reached the final and did really well bearing in mind he was the youngest contestant."

Meanwhile, the Young Chef Rotary competition saw Archie Bettany from St Edward's Academy win his way through to the final. His two-course healthy dish for two people, prepared in one hour for a cost of £10, was chicken fillet wrapped in bacon with sun blushed tomatoes and basil in a white wine sauce, followed by Chilli chocolate ganache with morello cherries soaked in Kirsch. Mr Readman added: "Archie thoroughly enjoyed the experience and his food was delicious."

All the competitions were attended by parents, teachers and rotarians, and all competitors received certificates to commemorate their achievements. The winning St Edward's Youth Speak teams also received individual glass trophies to keep and framed certificates, while the school received a trophy and framed certificates.

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