Michael is talk of the town

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Student Michael Bown has plenty to shout about after being voted Chesterfield’s top public speaker.

The St Mary’s RC High School pupil gave a persuasive talk on technology at the final of the Chesterfield Senior Schools Public Speaking Competition.

Adam Goucher and Victoria Waddoups of Netherthorpe, Staveley, and Hannah Rodgers of St Mary’s were runners-up.

Emma Southworth made it a double celebration for St Mary’s when she won the verse speaking competition by reciting The Hippopotamus Song.

The annual event at the Olde House, Chesterfield, was organised by the Rotary Club of Chesterfield.

President John Keeton said: “Once again the quality of entrants was very high and the students made it a very enjoyable and entertaining occasion.”

A presentation was made to retiring Netherthorpe teacher Chris Townsend in recognition of his support for Rotary’s public speaking competition for the last 27 years.

This year’s event was organised by past president Bryan White as part of the club’s vocational service programme.