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Posted on 27th November 2019 | News

On 21 November 2019, six pupils represented St. Mary’s in the Regional Heat of the 38th Annual Soroptimist International Public Speaking competition, held at Ballymoney Health Centre.

The competition is open to girls in Year 12 and 13 and has a number of key aims, such as encouraging girls to play a more prominent part in public life and encouraging girls to develop the skills to speak effectively and to articulate with clarity. Participants presented a speech from a choice of six topics which represent the areas in which Soroptimist International is involved: Advocacy; Economic Empowerment: Education, Environment Sustainability; Food security and Healthcare; Violence and Conflict Resolution.

Kara Clerkin, Year 12, selected the topic ‘Overfed or underfed – a modern day issue!’, and was awarded 2nd place. Emma Likeman, Year 13, delivered a speech on the topic ‘Sweatshops – are we responsible for their creation?’,and was awarded 3rd place. Emer Bateson, Finola Bateson, Erin Lynch and Keeva Noonan, all Year 13, also represented St. Mary’s on the evening.