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Combe take the prize in Youth Speaks contest
12:00pm Saturday 9th March 2013 in News
A TEAM of three pupils from Combe St Nicholas Primary School took the honours last week at the annual Rotary Club of Ilminster’s Youth Speaks competition.
Ruby Nex, Lily Farey and Isobel Taylor impressed the judges with their presentation skills on the subject of "should badgers be culled?"
Runners-up in the competition were a team from Hambridge of Erin Barlow, Ben Sparkes and Felix Smee who discussed whether "children are active enough?"
Third was a team from Swanmead made up of Rosie Cornelius-Light, Matthew Adams and Kathryn Muntz who looked whether "fast food advertising should be allowed?"
Other subjects looked at whether smoking around children should be banned, whether people are vulnerable or should children be allowed to have mobile phones?
Chairman of the judges, Charles Clarke, of competition sponsors Greenslade Taylor Hunt, said: “You would be forgiven for thinking that our primary school children are overweight asthma sufferers as a result of inhaling the passive smoke of their parents’ cigarettes, afraid of meeting gangs of rough teenagers on the streets at night, sat in front of their computers, scoffing fast food, while texting on their mobile phones to make plans to cull badgers as part of a weekly workout!”
Parents, friends and supporters gathered at the Swanmead School in Ilminster for the annual competition consisting of six teams which were put through their paces in a tough verbal shootout by Mr Clark and fellow judges Anna Bowerman and Rotary Club of Ilminster’s president elect Terri Bale.
Mr Clark, who praised the standard of competition, said: “It is so important for young people to be able to put across a point of view confidently without worrying whether or not others agree, and also to be able to argue their case.”
Prizes were given out by Rotary Club of Ilminster president Ken Dewsbury, while also in attendance was Rotary district governor Peter Noble, of Dorchester.