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Sheffield High students through to European Youth Parliament National Finals

Sheffield High School stormed to victory in the Yorkshire European Youth Parliament Regional Session and, as winners of the regional round, will now represent Yorkshire and Humberside at the national final in Liverpool next September.

The eight girls from Year 12 in the Sheffield High team (Bella Longdon, Clare Rees-Zimmerman, Daisy Rushforth, Emily Thomas, Emma Anderson, Jessica Lindley, Radhika Singh and Sarah Lewis), spent the day at the Circle Conference Centre in Sheffield for the Yorkshire European Youth Parliament regional session. This involved a day of debating British and European politics, everything from the ethics of embryonic stem cell research to what measures the EU should take to reduce violent extremism. The High School team represented the Committee for Economic and Monetary Affairs.

Each of the debates began with a proposition and opposition speech on the proposed resolution, and then followed an intense discussion amongst all the committees in General Assembly. There was a final summary speech given for each side of the argument, and each debate ended with a vote. The last debate of the day was held in French, and this was a discussion of what the EU should do to prevent road accidents amongst young drivers. The Sheffield High girls stunned the assembly with an eloquently-delivered proposition speech and they even gave their final summary speech in Russian!

“Although we were unsure what to expect when we arrived at the Circle at the start of the day, it was definitely a really enjoyable experience and great opportunity to improve our debating and spontaneous thinking skills and confidence in public speaking, being enthusiastic and making our voices heard as European citizens,” said Clare Rees-Zimmerman.

“We were all pleasantly surprised to be selected by the jury as winners of the regional round, to represent Yorkshire and Humberside at the national session in Liverpool for possible selection to represent the UK at the EYP International Forum,” added Clare,“though we have a while to wait until the middle of September! The jury said we blew them over with our outstanding levels of enthusiasm, passion and teamwork, with our stamina in these areas being exemplary right from the start of the very first debate.”

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