The public speaking event saw the members compete in the county playoffs and then progress to the finals.
The competition aimed to find the best public speakers among YFCU members in Northern Ireland.
The final consisted of a prepared and impromptu section for each age group.
Contestants delivered a pre-prepared, impromptu speech chosen from a list of specified topics.
Prepared topics included: Stay or vacation?, If I could interview anyone alive or dead it would be, College should be free, Lessons learned from Covid, Are we taking climate change seriously?, Social media has a negative impact on people’s mental health. welfare, The future of auctioning – is it in the ring or online, Great leader(s), Farming must change to meet new market demands and My favorite school subject.
The last impromptu topics were My role model, What you can’t learn in school, Rural life is better than city life, and My greatest concern for the future.
Final judges listened carefully to more than 100 speeches, and these were evaluated based on platform manner, voice production, content, and fact-gathering.
The judges were deeply impressed with a range of varied and entertaining speeches, thus having a difficult task due to the high standard presented.
3rd – Claire Fulton, Dungiven YFC
2nd – Jack Orr, Kilraughts YFC
1st – Isabella Gregg, Glarryford YFC
3rd – James Gregg, Glarryford YFC
2nd – Naomi O’Neill, Rathfriland YFC
1st – Philip Crawford, Seskinore YFC
3rd – Fraser McComb, Lylehill YFC
2nd – Stephanie Millar, Coleraine YFC
1st – Allister Crawford, Seskinore YFC
3rd – Jonathan Lemon, Ballywalter YFC
2nd – Kerry Jamison, Kilraughts YFC
1st – Rachel Sands, Annaclone and Magherally YFC
3rd – Joyce Allen, Moneymore
2nd – Helen Chapman, Hillhall
1st – James Currie, Kilraughts
3rd – Sarah Ross, Collone YFC
2nd – Alexis Kidd, Lisnamurrician YFC
1st – Zoe Weir, Annaclone and Magherally YFC
3rd – Thomas McNeill, Kilraughts YFC
2nd – Alan Fleming, Cappagh YFC
1st – Lucy McClintock, Kells and Connor YFC
3rd – Hannah Shaw, Spa YFC
2nd – Gareth Baird, Straid YFC
1st – Adam Alexander, Kilrea YFC
3rd – Hannah Kirkpatrick, Kilraughts YFC
2nd – Gemma Dickey, Randalstown YFC
1st – Andrew Patton, Newtownards YFC
3rd – Ellen McMinn, Annaclone and Magherally YFC
2nd – David Hodges, Moycraig YFC
1st – Judith McKinley, Trillick and District YFC
The YFCU would like to thank the sponsor NFU Mutual Charitable Trust, the chairs, judges and trainers who helped throughout the competition and finally the YFCU members who participated.