Saltash.net was delighted to host the first round of the 2017 Rotary Youth Speaks competition on Wednesday 25 January.
Held in the school’s lecture theatre, the event saw two saltash.net teams enter.
The teams were Ellie Kevern (8LS), Ellie Wanless (9JY) and Jemima Budd (9JY), and Molly Willis (9JY), Jasmine Leslie (9JY) and Tegan Lynch (9JY).
The winners were Ellie, Ellie and Jemima with their speech: do we really talk about mental health enough? The judges felt that it was a very current topic for today’s climate. They proceed to Mount Kelly College on 21st February.
Jemima led the team well with a powerful opening statistic about it taking a decade between the first symptom of mental health and treatment.
Ellie Wanless delivered her six minute presentation strongly, opening the audience’s eyes to a variety of mental health issues and concluding that we could all make a change by supporting local charities like the Samaritans.
Ellie Kevern concluded with a powerful vote of thanks where she reiterated that, on average, one in ten young people are currently suffering in silence.
Thank you to Ms Baxter and Miss Beacroft who helped coach the teams in the run up to the event.