Edgar Graham Memorial Public Speaking

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Year 13 students Grace Bolton and Joel Coupe participated in the Edgar Graham Memorial Public Speaking competition this week.

The event, organised by the Ulster Unionist Women’s Council, was held in the Senate Chamber in Parliament Buildings. 24 teenagers from across Northern Ireland spoke on a range of issues, from the environment to gender equality.

Grace spoke on the importance of community spirit whilst Joel explored issues surrounding mental health in young men.

Grace commented,

“I thoroughly enjoyed hearing from Lady Trimble and Lady Hermon. Having the opportunity to speak in Stormont was amazing.”

Joel added,

“I have learnt a great deal from taking part in the competition and undoubtedly developed valuable transferable skills. The advice offered on the evening by former UUP Minister Dermot Nesbitt was very thought provoking.”

Teacher in charge, Gillian Weir, concluded,

“Many thanks to the organisers – it was a wonderful opportunity for our students to compete in such a prestigious event against stiff competition. I was delighted that Grace was Highly Commended and Joel placed third. Public Speaking continues to thrive here in Wallace, with a popular Debating Society and success in a wide range of competitions, from BPW to Soroptimists.”

Last modified: February 24, 2023