A team of public speakers from Carr Hill Sixth Form are celebrating after becoming the first state school to reach the North West finals of a competition in 10 years.
Teenagers Ayse Akgol, Kieran Wyatt and Tash Gardner, all 16, came up with a creative speech about specific phobias for their presentation, winning them the Fylde and Wyre heat of the Business and Professional Women competition.
The trio focused on unusual phobias and questioned if some phobias have been created and fuelled by society, rather than an individual developing a genuine fear of something.
The topic seemed fitting after the sixth form’s public speaking club helped Tash overcome a fear.
She said: “I hated speaking in public and wanted to do something about it.
“The public speaking team has helped a lot and I feel much better about speaking in public now.”
And Ayse could sympathise.
She added: “Since joining the public speaking team I no longer get nervous when delivering presentations or speaking in class. I am a much more self-assured public speaker thanks to joining the team.”
Each team member had a specific role, Ayse delivered the speech while Kieran was the chairman, opening and closing the speech and Tash focussed on the key points following the speech, answering questions from the judges.
Keiran said: “We knew the speech inside out ahead of the competition as we had practiced a lot.
“Being so well prepared was definitely what enabled us to deliver the speech with confidence and resulted in us being crowned the winners.”
The teens are now preparing for the regional final on March 1, next year.