Writtle College students reach final of public speaking competition

April 2014

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Three Writtle College Further Education Agriculture students have won through to the final of a national public speaking competition.

The Level 3 Extended Diploma students Charlie Apter, Will Riddleston and Elliott Smith will compete at the final of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ Just A Minute under 21s competition in Stafford on 5 July.

It comes after the trio – along with Lo Kent, a member of the Halstead Young Farmers - won the Northern Area final of the competition on Saturday 22 March, after previously winning the regional final.

The team represent Halstead Young Farmers and Essex Young Farmers.

Charlie Apter, 19, from Sudbury, also won best speaker at the Northern Area Final. He had to speak for one minute on a topic the judge picked – wardrobes!

The 19-year-old said: “The competition itself was a fun and strange experience. You'd be given a word or a sentence and then the judges would say, ‘Right, talk for a minute about it without repeating yourself, hesitating or deviating away from the topic, GO!’ Then within those few seconds after you had been told the subject, you would literally try and say the first thing that came to your mind. This is harder than you think it’s going to be – you have a big crowd sat in front of you and suddenly you are told to talk about wardrobes! There’s only so much one person can say about a stationary object in the corner of your room; it’s not exactly the kind of topic that whirlwinds you into hours of emotional speaking.

“The other teams made the competition hard and were well-revised on how to play the game, but we just happened to be the better team on the day."

Rebecca Harris, FE Agriculture Lecturer at the College, congratulated the trio: “The lads have really excelled themselves and further proven what great students and thoroughly employable people they are. Not only have they done themselves proud, Writtle College are proud of them too.”