National Public Speaking
The 2019 National Final of the Catenian Public Speaking Competition for Fifth and Sixth Form students in Catholic Education took place at the Manchester Conference Centre on Sunday 8th September.
After the last speech the adjudicators adjourned to undertake the difficult task of deciding who would be the winner, the runner up and third placed student. Much debate also took place amongst the audience over tea and coffee about the merits of the student’s speeches. All however, considered that the speeches had been interesting and thought provoking.
A short visual presentation was made on the Associations Bursary Fund showing many of the projects embarked on by recipients both overseas to some fifty-two countries as well as helping on Diocesan and HCPT pilgrimages to Lourdes.
The adjudication followed with Marie Dixon commenting on each contestant’s performance and adding useful pointers for improvement before announcing the result. National President Phil Brown then made the presentations to first placed, Daniel Moloney from Finchley Catholic High School representing Province 14, whose topic was “ A Time for Choosing” He received the winner’s trophy, a cheque for £200 together with a trophy and a cheque for £100 for his school.
Catherine Whitehead from Torquay Girls Grammar School representing Province 13, was in second place, her topic being “If life were forever would it be worthwhile?” She received a cheque for £150 and a cheque for £75 for his school. In third place was John Gompels from St. Bede’s Catholic College representing Province 12 His topic was “How can the church make amends and regain credibility after the widely reported abuse scandals.” He received a cheque for £100 and a cheque for £50 for her school.
All the other competitors received £25 and every competitor received a certificate to commemorate the contest.
National President then addressed the audience, thanking the students, their families, tutors and adjudicators as well as those responsible for the many competitions which had been held throughout the country. Thanks, were also given to the organising committee, the stewards and the photographer for ensuring the success and smooth running of the day.
Thanks need to be given to the organizing committee and stewards: Anthony Mottram, Stephen Bentley, Brian Hampshire, Paul Mainon, Charles Flannery, Mike Swarbrick, Peter Kerr, Harry Ainscough, Brian McGaharan, as well as the following ladies, Pat McGaharan, Maria Sowerby and Linda Brown for their work in ensuring that the competition flowed smoothly on the day. Special thanks are also due to Peter Hood for the photography.
The competition next year will take place on Sunday 13th September in Manchester commencing at 1.30pm when it is hoped to have another splendid occasion. For further information please contact Andrew Sowerby on 0161 653 2090 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org