BRIGHT spark Killarney student Kate Rudden was deemed a winner in a keenly contested public speaking competition for secondary schools organised by Killarney Soroptimist Club.
Kate, who attends St Brigid’s Secondary School, chose to speak on the topic of education and she concluded that it is the most important weapon that can be used to change the world.
In addition to her academic prowess, the Killarney student is also a great sports enthusiast and she has been actively involved in a number of different sports disciplines with her school and her clubs.
The other winner on the day was Laura Foley from Mercy Mounthawk, Tralee who chose a health-related topic and highlighted how good mental health is a fundamental requirement to thrive in life.
The competition, which is aimed at encouraging girls to play a more prominent position in public life, was held in Killarney House and Gardens and both Kate and Laura will now go forward to the regional finals which will be held in Laurel Hill Colaiste, Limerick at the end of January.
The public speaking project has been running nationally for 38 years nationally and its open to girls in the senior cycle of secondary school.
Soroptimist President Teresa Irwin, from Killarney, said they were thrilled to be able to hold the Kerry finals in such a wonderful venue as Killarney House.
“We are delighted nationally to have the sponsorship of the world renowned bank Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation,” she added.
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