Houston teenager wins national speaking competition Houston teenager wins national speaking competition
A local teenager has lead her school team to a win a speaking competition in England at the weekend. Alex Gould, 16, from Houston, an... Houston teenager wins national speaking competition

A local teenager has lead her school team to a win a speaking competition in England at the weekend.

Alex Gould, 16, from Houston, an S4 pupil at High School of Glasgow took part in the UK finals of the Seniors Youth Speaks competition, which is organised by Rotary International.

Murray-Webster-Alex-Gould-Chris-OLeary

S5 pupil, Murray Webster, S4 pupils, Alex Gould and Christopher O’Leary, travelled to the RIBI National Youth Speaks UK Final – and won.

Alex travelled down to Brentwood, Essex, on Sunday morning along with  S5 pupil, Murray Webster, and S4 pupil Christopher O’Leary accompanied by teacher Mr Toner.

The team spoke on the topic ‘Learning to Teach, Teaching to Learn’, with Alex giving the introduction in her role as ‘Chair’, Murray acting as the ‘Speaker’, providing the main discussion, and Christopher summarising and taking a question from the audience, in his role as ‘Voter of Thanks’ and was deemed the overall winners.

Featuring six other schools from throughout the UK, with Alex, Chris and Murray are amongst the youngest pupils taking part, with most of their rivals being 18 years of age.

The accolades did not stop there – Murray also won the prize for ‘Best Speaker’, whilst Christopher won the award for ‘Best Voter of Thanks’.
The six English schools who they were up against were Scarborough College and Brentwood Convent High, both in Essex; Castle School, in Devon; Adams Grammar School, in Shropshire; Balshaw’s High, in Lancashire; and Henley College.