YFCU members recently participated in the final of the public speaking competition 2017 which was held on Tuesday 7th November at Magherafelt High School.
The popular competition has been kindly sponsored for a number of years by NFU Mutual Insurance Society Limited.
The competition sought to find the best prepared and impromptu public speakers in Northern Ireland and the judges had a difficult time discerning the winners in each of the classes.
In the prepared section, competitors delivered a pre-prepared speech, chosen from a specified list of topics.
Prepared topics on the night included: The Future of the Family Farm, Social Media’s role in agriculture, My Hero, Members Success, Everyone has the right to Education, The YFCU 88 years on, If I was First Minister, The Importance of Public Transportation and Inspired Renewables.
In the impromptu competition, members were given an unseen topic and had a limited amount of time to structure their speeches and deliver them to the judges.
Speeches were assessed according to platform manner, voice production and on the content and marshalling of facts.
Guest speaker on the evening was Cyril Millar from the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society. Cyril commended all the finalists after hearing a selection of the speeches during the evening and said he had been both educated and challenged by the members.
YFCU president James Speers then announced the winners and Cyril and NFU Mutual’s David Cairns presented the prizes on stage.
The YFCU would like to thank the sponsor NFU Mutual Insurance Society Limited, David Cairns, guest speaker Cyril Millar, the chairs, judges and trainers who helped throughout the competition, Magherafelt High School for their assistance during the final and finally the YFCU members who took part.
The top three members in each class were placed as follows: