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Annabel Triumphs in Public Speaking Regional Final

Annabel Triumphs in Public Speaking Regional Final, Advocating for a Better Future through EU Parliament Elections

Congratulations to Fifth Year student Annabel Bogue, who won first place in this year's Soapbox Public Speaking Competition regional final. The prize giving ceremony for this competition took place on November 17th at the newly opened Castleblayney Library.

The competition, which drew participants from various schools across the region, provided a platform for students to articulate their thoughts on contemporary issues. Our Lady’s was represented in the U16 category by Transition Year student Tom Mc Ardle and in the U17 and over category by Annabel Bogue. Annabel's success reflects not only her exceptional public speaking skills but also her insightful perspective on the crucial theme of the competition: "In today's turbulent times, it is more important than ever to build a better future, by voting in the EU Parliament Election." Principal Mr. Kelly congratulated Annabel on her success stating, "Annabel's success is a testament to her intelligence, dedication, and ability to engage with important topical issues. In a time where the world faces numerous challenges, Annabel’s speech emphasised the power of individual voices in shaping a more positive future. Annabel's success adds to the growing list of accomplishments by students in our school and reinforces the school's commitment to giving students as many opportunities as possible to develop their skills, talents and interests outside the classroom. We wish Annabel every success in the national finals at the end of the month.’

Photograph 1: Fifth Year student Annabel Bogue pictured with local councillor Aidan Campbell & Fine Gael MEP Colm Markey

Photograph 2: Fourth Year student Tom Mc Ardle pictured with local councillor Aidan Campbell & Fine Gael MEP Colm Markey


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