A SIXTH form student has been presented with a coveted public speaking prize.
Abby Collins of Ellesmere Port Catholic High School in Ellesmere Port has won the Liverpool Hope Shield after coming first in the city’s Catenian Public Speaking Competition.
It is the second year in a row that a pupil from the school has won the award.
Peter Devine, provisional councillor of the Catenians and an ex-Catholic High student, and former chair of governors George Bishop presented the award to Abby during a special assembly.
Mr Devine said: “It is an honour to be asked to make this presentation to Abby. I have always held the school in high regard and it is wonderful that students do well - the award has been won by the school two years running in the face of stiff competition.”
Abby, whose chosen topic to speak about was ‘It’s harder being a teenager today’, also won £100 and a further £200 for the school.
Phil Haley, who coaches the students at the school, said: “Abby was a worthy winner. She spoke with confidence and humour about the challenges facing teenagers today.
“Certainly, she got the biggest laugh of the night but also left her audience with much food for thought.
“Her success is one example of how the majority of young people today do not deserve the reputation created by a small minority.
“She was an excellent ambassador both for her school and her generation.”
Headteacher Peter Lee added: “Congratulations to Abby and Mr Haley who has coached students for this competition for 14 years past.
“In an age so focussed on electronic communication the competition is a great reminder of the power of spoken word.”