Newry schoolgirl finalist at Soroptimist public speaking competition

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Tuesday, March 4th, 2014
Beatrice Mikutaite from St. Mary’s High Newry was a finalist at the 32nd Annual Youth Award Public Speaking Competition with her topic “Opt in or opt out…which way for organ donation?”

Irene Miskimmon, Regional President NI; Elaine Molyneaux and Beatrice Mikutaite from St. Mary’s High, Newry

The competition, which is organised by Soroptimist International and supported by Progressive Building Society, took place at Glenlola Collegiate in Bangor and saw students present a range of topical subjects as diverse as the plastic bag levy, an opt in or opt out system for organ donation and political lobbying. Elaine Molyneaux Manager Progressive in Bangor said, “The Youth Award Public Speaking Competition is aimed at developing the skills of public speaking amongst young women and the calibre of local female students in years 12 and 13 was outstanding. “The diverse range of topics provided students with a great platform to express their opinions and the event has proved that the initiative is an excellent way of helping to develop the confidence and public speaking skills of the next generation of female business leaders. Elaine added, “This is the eighth year that Progressive has been involved with the competition and I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate everyone who took part in the competition especially the top four prize winners.” Pupils who were awarded a place in the top three were presented with a memorial cup, gift and book tokens, with the overall prize winner receiving the prestigious Youth Salver, a £250 bursary for educational purposes, a weekend at the Breaffy House Hotel in Co Mayo and a prize fund for their school.
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