Two Newry City pupils win Newry and Mourne heat of Environmental Youth Speak 2012

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Thursday, March 29th, 2012
The winners of the Newry and Mourne Council heats of the Environmental Youth Speak 2012 have been announced. Hannah O’Neill of St Joseph’s Primary School Meigh, and Alex Shortall of Sacred Heart Grammar School were judged to be the best speakers in the competition, which is ran annually by all the Councils in Northern Ireland, as well as all three regional waste management groups. The competition asks pupils to showcase their speaking skills as well as their understanding of environmental issues such as waste management. Twenty four local pupils took part and spoke out on subjects such as “Shrink Your Bin….One Less Bag To landfill” and “WEEE Waste, Big Problem. What can We Do?”. Mayor for Newry and Mourne Charlie Casey said,“Last year was very successful for Newry and Mourne when our representative won the overall Northern Ireland Junior title. I would like to wish this year’s Council winners every success as they progress through the competition. I am confident they will also represent the area with distinction.” Hannah and Alex will now go forward to represent the Council in Newtownabbey at the regional heats. If successful, they will then participate in the Northern Ireland Final with the chance to be crowned overall Environmental Youth Speak Champion 2012. Both of Newry’s winners will now go forward to the regional heats in Newtownabbey. If successful in Newtownabbey, they will move forward to the Northern Ireland final where they could be crowned Environmental Youth Speak Champion 2012.
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