The annual public-speaking competition for primary schools in the Whitby area was won by a team from Sleights Primary School who called themselves The Sleights Recycle Recruits.
The team consisted of Emie–May Carr Burnett, chairman, Gianluca Mastrolonado, the main speaker, and Connor Broadley who proposed the vote of thanks.
They chose to speak upon the title “We waste too many of the earth’s resources”, delivering a well-constructed, coherent argument, supported by humorous asides.
The competition was organised by The Rotary Club of Whitby and District at The Saxonville Hotel where the audience was treated to an evening’s entertainment full of humour.
Other schools taking part were Fylingdales, Ruswarp and Airy Hill who all acquitted themselves creditably.
In addition the Mayor of Whitby, Cllr Heather Coughlan, was there to present the prizes.
She commented on how this event was one of her favourites and paid tribute to all the youngsters taking part.
The Sleights team all spoke clearly and confidently, belying their age and delivering their respective roles well.
Gianluca Mastrolonardo spoke of the natural resources which are destroyed by mankind, dwelling upon wastage of both food and water and giving well-chosen examples.
Rotary Club president Mike Stones gave thanks to a number of Rotarians who helped organise the event and also paid tribute to all the teams.
He said: “We love to see local youngsters challenging themselves by engaging in such competitions. Well done to all who took part for their bravery and their commitment for on the night they are all winners in effect!”