Soroptimist Women’s Public Speaking Competition 2014

Congratulations to Grosvenor pupil Hannah Martin, Lower Sixth, who spoke with distinction to secure victory at the regional heat of the prestigious ‘Soroptimist Women’s Public Speaking Competition’, held at The Pavillion, Stormont on the evening of Wednesday 26th November.

Competing as one of fifteen entries from across Belfast, each of whom were required to deliver a talk of 4-6 minutes from a list of discussion topics of international or local interest, Hannah spoke on the subject; ‘Apprenticeship vs Degree’ while fellow Grosvenor pupils Susannah Ashfield and Sophie Coffey, also both Lower Sixth, spoke on ‘Sugar is the new tobacco’ and ‘International Diplomacy: can it still work?’ respectively.

Following consultation amongst the judges Hannah was delighted to be announced as overall winner, with Susannah also performing commendably to achieve joint third place.  

Hannah will now take part in the national final of the competition at Hillsborough Castle in February, where she will be required to deliver her winning speech again, along with an additional, unprepared address. 

Many thanks to Grosvenor teacher Mr Martin Winters who accompanied the pupils on the evening and we wish Hannah the best of luck at the overall final next year.  

Grosvenor pupil Hannah Martin (right) who recently achieved first place in the Belfast heat of the 'Soroptimist Women's Public Speaking Competition', alongside third placed competitor and fellow Grosvenor pupil Susannah Ashfield