26 January 2009 / Girls Come Out On Top
Holly Holdsworth, speaker for Truro High School, chose the contentious topic 'Family Life is Doomed' for her speech whilst Truro School's speaker Solo Major went for the equally controversial 'Clothes are Immaterial' for his.
According to the three judges, both speeches were well prepared and executed but Holly's presentation style earned her first place. Dominic Latarche, from Truro School, narrowly beat Jess Inkster to the chair title and Truro High's Alex Jeffries earned herself the questioner prize over Truro School's Oscar Gatta. Overall, the Truro High School for Girls' team was judged the winner and they now progress to the regional finals in Taunton.
Commenting on the competition as a whole, chair of the judging panel John Baxter said he was very impressed with the high standard achieved by all six competitors.
'You've provided us with a thoroughly entertaining evening and some outstandingly good public speaking,' he said.
Truro High School headmistress, Jane Abbotts was amongst those in the audience.
'The girls are all Year 11 pupils who have been working hard on their entry to the competition with their English teacher Leah May since the beginning of this term,' she said. 'Having the confidence to express your views and debate an issue in public are very important attributes and ones that we encourage throughout the school.
'This is the first time that Truro High School has entered this particular competition and we are all very proud of the outcome.'