Public Speaking - Soroptimist Success
22nd November 2018
Castlepollard Community College 5th Year students enjoyed a successful night at the recent Mullingar Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition recently. Last year, a group of students took part in the Soroptimist Ireland Public Speaking Competition and were unlucky not to have advanced to the regional finals. This year, with a little more experience in their back pockets, Megan D'arcy, Kerry Cassidy, Rebecca O'Keeffe and Sian McLaverty addressed a range of issues put forward by the Soroptimist group with great success.
The girls provided, mature, well-structured and vibrantly presented contributions to the competition which took place in the Bloomfield House Hotel last night. The Soroptimist Competition is one of the most highly regarded Public Speaking Competitions in Ireland and is dedicated to the empowerment of the young female voice in Ireland.
This was evident on the night as Megan D'arcy, first to speak addressed the issue of Domestic Violence in Ireland. Rebecca O'Keefe was next to talk as she brought a personal touch to her examination of Volunteering and Friendship among young people. Also representing the college, Kerry Cassidy gave a passionate and thoughtful response on the same topic Rebecca had discussed.
To round of the presentations for the college, Sian McLaverty discussed the topic of Female Empowerment with a sharp analysis of modern Ireland and the hidden history of female empowerment in our country.
The girls can be proud of their work leading up to the night and the amazing work they put in around the event. They will benefit greatly from the experience earning an important life skill in public speaking. The experience however will not end just yet for Kerry Cassidy who rounded off a perfect night as she was chosen by the Soroptimist judges to represent the Mullingar Branch at the Regional Finals in Athlone on the 19th of January.
This is an extremely prestigious honour and everyone in the college is very proud of Kerry's achievement. Best of luck in the regionals Kerry!