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Public Speaking Competition Winner!

Eve is pictured with judge Tony Deighton and Notre Dame Principal, Terry Coen.

Eve is pictured with judge Tony Deighton and Notre Dame Principal, Terry Coen.

Huge congratulations are in order for lower sixth student Eve Rooney, who recently won a regional Public Speaking competition. The contest, organised by the Catenian Association, was held at Holy Trinity Catholic and Church of England School in Barnsley.

Eve was up against ten other speakers, all of whom were required to speak for four minutes on a topic chosen from a list of fifteen options. Eve chose the topic of lowering the voting age to 16 and delivered an extremely engaging talk to an audience of about seventy people. She had been preparing for the competition since January and her hard work clearly paid off when she was awarded first place!

She was presented with a trophy for Notre Dame to display, a smaller trophy for her to keep and prize money of £100. “Eve’s personality and confidence, as well as the content of her speech, really came across. Her body language was extremely positive,” said Tony Deighton, one of the judges.

Eve said, “I found this a great learning experience. The feedback I received form the panel has given me something to work on for the final.” Asked to provide a tip for others interested in public speaking she said, “Prepare well and enjoy it!”

Eve will now compete in the national final, to be held in Manchester on September 10th. Everyone at Notre Dame offers their congratulations for her achievement so far and wishes her the best of luck for the final.