A team from Headlands School finished as one of the best in the country at the National Final of the Youth Speaks competition.
Isabelle Marshall (speaker), Andrew Studholme (chairperson) and Charli Dardzinski (vote of thanks) formed the team which travelled to Brentwood Academy in Essex to compete for the top prize.
Unfortunately it was just one hurdle too far for the trio who finished in sixth place but for the first time competing in the competition, the school has much to celebrate.
Headlands headteacher Sarah Bone said: “What an outstanding achievement. The competition at every round has been fierce and I am immensely proud of them. I am sure this experience will live with them forever. This was the first time Headlands School had entered the competition and we are the only East Riding of Yorkshire or Hull School in the competitions history to have ever won the Regional Heat and go onto the Final. A massive congratulations to Isabelle, Charli and Andrew – next stop Westminster!”
The topic the students chose to talk about was “Employment Opportunities for Young People in Bridlington”. The students researched and wrote the speech themselves including interviewing Bridlington’s mayor to find out what plans the Town Council had for youth employment.
Director of community at Headlands School David Stamper said: “I am unbelievably proud of my team. From day one of thinking about the topic to their delivery at the national finals in Essex they have been truly outstanding. They have a real passion for speaking and developing Bridlington and their work has inspired everyone that has heard them do their presentation. I am really looking forward to next year’s competition with these guys as well as seeing what they can do when they are involved in future projects we are working on as a school. Thank you to everyone who has supported us, particularly our local Rotarians and the Marjorie Kirk Trustees.”
The Bridlington Rotary Club have donated £500 to the school to help them with the future entries into the Youth Speaks competition.
A spokesperson for the Bridlington Rotary Club said: “We are very proud of them and very pleased for both the students and the school. As one of the students has already started preparing their speech for next year, we hope that we can continue to support the school in years to come.”