Moreton Hall’s debating team has been crowned UK champions in this years’ Business and Professional Women's Public Speaking Competition, held in Belfast.
Moreton Hall’s winning team of Year 10 and Year 11 students, won their title against stiff competition from finalists across England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. The winning members included – speaker Cerys Chamberlain, expresser of thanks Tatyana Kahn, and chairman Eloise Bowyer.
Moreton Hall students were delighted to bring home a total of three trophies following the final, which was the last leg of the competition organised by the Business and Professional Women (BPW) group.
The team secured their place in February, when they won the Regional Final. They took as their topic: the rise of the politics of fear, exploring America and Russia in the aftermath of World War Two.
Eloise said: “I was the chairman which meant that I had to meet the speaker from another team, draft an introduction to the audience about their theme. Following their speech I invited questions from the audience and asked pertinent questions for further elaboration.”
As well as Moreton’s team triumph, an individual performance from Florence Tyne earned her the Elizabeth Peacock trophy, the prize was for an outstanding talk on a relevant issue.
Florence commented: “I discussed the representation of gender in media; exploring how it differs from men to women, but is a topical issue for all genders. I also debated whether gender is drilled into us from birth - ranging from baby clothes to children’s toys. I concluded with a quote: ‘All through life there are distinctions: clothes for men, clothes for women; loos for men and loos for women. But then, at the end, the graves are identical’.”
Summing up the girls’ success, Head of Spoken English Merriel Halsall-Williams said: “This is an exceptional achievement and a fitting conclusion to another excellent year of competing.”
Caroline Whiteside – Personnel Director of Ulster Carpets, Sponsor
Tatyana Kahn – Year 12
Cerys Chamberlain - Year 12
Eloise Bowyer – Year 10