Cria Dowling, 5th year, competed in the National Final of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition on Saturday 8th March. Cria spokeabout the topic of 'Health – a world of extremes, from starvation to obesity! The problem of feeding everyone! The standard of the competitors' speeches were all very high and the students also had to speak ad lib on the impromptu topic of 'water – for better or for worse'. Although a challenging topic to examine with little preparation time, Cria was able to articulately express her perspective on the topic by delving into her own personal experience as a teenager, bringing a good measure of humour and wit into her speech.
In the end, the trophy went to Eimear Dooley from County Dublin but we would like to congratulate Cria on her excellent performance on the day. It takes great ability to stand up and to speak so knowledgeably and eloquently at this high standard, as well as dealing so well with the impromptu topic. The school is very proud of her.