Amyzing Success!

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Amy Parke-Second Place in Northern Ireland Final of Soroptimist Competition
Amy Parke (Lower Sixth) took part in the Northern Ireland Final of the Soroptimist Public Speaking Competition which was held on Saturday 6th February 2016 in Hillsborough Village Centre. Having made it through as winner of the local heat which was held in Ballymoney in November 2015 (and involved over twenty pupils,) Amy then had the opportunity to take part in the final which involved fourteen other girls who had won their local heats all across Northern Ireland. Each finalist had to deliver a prepared six minute speech on stage in front of a panel of three judges. After the prepared speech, each girl then had to speak for at least one minute impromptu on a new topic.

Amy delivered an informative and yet humorous speech entitled, “Evoting to replace the ballot box-positive or negative?” Her impromptu speech was once again lively and full of enthusiasm.
Overall Amy came second in the competition which is a huge achievement. Four prizes were presented on the day for first to fourth place. As the runner-up Amy was presented with the Betty Hudson Memorial Cup which she will keep for one year, a gift for herself and seventy-five pounds worth of book tokens for the school. The special guest on the day was Andrea Begley (winner of the second series of the BBC talent show The Voice UK) and she presented the prize winners with their awards.
Amy worked very hard to prepare for both the local heats and the Northern Ireland Final and she deserves great praise for her achievement. She represented the school incredibly well and the whole Rainey community is very proud of Amy’s success.