Tegan Williams, who lives in Long Rock and is a member of the school’s Senior Rotary Youth Speaks team, was awarded the Best Speaker Cup at the Regional Final in Exeter.
Alongside her teammates Charlotte Lee and Julia Maskell, Tegan wowed the judges with her argument “Is it time to man up about gender stereotyping?”
Sponsored by Truro Rotary Club who have encouraged and supported the team, who are county champions, Tegan is keen to encourage students to take part in the competition.
“I’ve taken part in Youth Speaks for the past four years and slowly but surely my confidence has grown,” she said. “Largely due to the public speaking experience that this competition has given me I’m comfortable making presentations to my peers as well as to groups of people who intimidate me.
“I think public speaking is a life skill which more young people should be given the opportunity to develop, especially as it can be such a critical part of job and university applications. Not only that but the ability to compose an articulate speech on a topic that doesn’t necessarily engage you is something that realistically many people will have to do in the real world.”