On Wednesday 23rd November 2016, three Year 12 pupils and three Year 13 pupils participated in the Soroptimist International Annual Youth Award Public Speaking Competition in the Maynard Sinclair Pavilion. The topics selected by the girls included ‘Where are the limits to individual rights?’, ‘Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire’, ‘Living to 100 – good or bad’, ‘Is the growth in human population compatible with environment sustainability?’, ‘Are young people today doomed to be poorer than their parents?’ and ‘Freedom of the press is a precious privilege that no country can forego’. It was a very successful evening and there was an extremely high standard of Public Speaking displayed by all the competitors. The girls who participated in the competition are Anna McKeown, Seanna Gregory, Cliodhna McCaffrey, Sherin Varghese, Emma Reid and Amy O’Brien. All the girls spoke confidently, expressively and articulately on their chosen subject matter. The girls have been working hard on perfecting their speeches for a number of weeks, and the time and effort that was spent on preparation was evident in the standard of their finished speeches. Sherin Varghese was awarded 2nd place and Amy O’Brien was awarded 3rd place. All the girls received a certificate of achievement to celebrate their success.