Public Speaking Update
2014-2015 has been a very busy year for those involved in Public Speaking at Cookstown High School. There have been lots of opportunities for both junior and senior pupils to develop and improve their skill of public speaking. This involved many of the pupils crafting their own speeches, endless rehearsals to perfect their performance and even producing their props to use. For some, public speaking was a whole new realm to explore at Cookstown High School and began with some apprehension but once the pupils gained momentum they produced some excellent results.
Shannon Black (Year 13 student) participated in Soroptimist International and spoke on the controversial topic: “Internet – Friend or Foe” and her skills were developed further, when alongside Marc Glendinning and Dana Flack (both Year 14) she took part in the Business and Professional Women’s Public Speaking Competition. Marc Glendinning represented CHS in Stormont when he participated in the Edgar Graham Memorial competition and brought home some silverware commending his efforts as ‘Most Promising Speaker’ beating twenty-two other speakers. Marc’s success continued when we won the Policing Road Safety competition while Abbie Hunter (Year 13) was runner-up.
Elsewhere in the Junior school, Joyce Allen and Ava Cleary-McGuffin both participated in the YouthSpeak competition on the relevant topic of food wastage. This was a great opportunity to bring together their involvement in Eco Club while developing their public speaking skills. Joyce was placed first in the competition and represented CHS at the Grand Final.