Students give winning debate speech at European Youth Parliament
Six gifted and talented students from Cronton Sixth Form College have prevailed in the European Youth Parliament UK North West Regional Debating Competition, in their first year of taking part.
The European Youth Parliament is a unique programme whose mission is to inspire and empower young people to become open-minded, tolerant and active citizens. Young people from all over Europe come together at regional and national events to discuss current topics in a parliamentary setting.
Paris Omar and Amelia Critchley, previously from Knowsley Park High School, Ethan Bartlett and Olivia Darwin Welsby, previously from Rainhill High School, Thomas Scott, previously from St Gregorys Catholic High School and Danielle Ellis, previously from Sir Thomas Boteler High School were accompanied by the Head of the Prestigious University Programme at Cronton Sixth Form College, Luke MacMahon at the event, which took place at Liverpool Town Hall last week.
Luke MacMahon said: “I could not have been more proud of our students, all of them performed outstandingly. Paris and Amelia were especially impressive when making the case for closer political and economic ties with the US; a highly complex topic, which they were able to bring alive with their passion and eloquence.
“The judges were impressed with all of the Cronton students who participated at the highest level in all five debates. We beat eight other colleges and schools to reach the final and our students once again demonstrated the kind of ability and determination which makes teaching at Cronton so incredibly rewarding”
The triumphant students found the debate extremely inspiring and rewarding, which enabled them to be intellectually challenged.
Amelia said: “The European Youth Parliament reminded me how much I enjoyed debating, at the same time as educating me and encouraging me to open my mind to a range of different opinions. It boosted my confidence and I felt a genuine sense of pride, in myself and the rest of the group.”
Paris added: “I have never been very informed on politics, however the European Youth Parliament was a great learning experience that raised my awareness on relevant political issues. It brought our group closer together and was very enjoyable. As a result of the European Youth Parliament debate, I am now more inspired and motivated to take advantage of opportunities regarding politics.”