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Antrim and Newtownabbey Hosts Environmental Youth Speak N.I. Finals!

09 March 2016

Finalists from across Northern Ireland travelled to Theatre at the Mill on Tuesday 8 March for the Environmental Youth Speak Northern Ireland Finals. The event which was hosted by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, gave students the chance to speak about environmental issues. Winners for 2016 were announced as Liam Harte from St Columba’s Primary School, Clady for the junior section and Lucia Orsi from Assumption Grammar School, Ballynahinch for the senior section.

The environmental speaking competition, which has been running for over fifteen years, offers children from both Primary and Secondary School levels the opportunity to stand up and air their views on environmental issues such as reducing waste at a local and global level.

Deputy Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor John Blair commented, “I am delighted that we have the pleasure of hosting the Northern Ireland finals of Environmental Youth Speak this year. The standard of presentations in this competition is exceptionally high and the judges had an extremely difficult task in selecting the overall Northern Ireland winner. I would like to take this opportunity to praise all of the students for making the finals and congratulate the overall Northern Ireland winners; Liam Harte from St Columba’s Primary School, Clady and Lucia Orsi from Assumption Grammar School, Ballynahinch.”

The finals follow the various heats that took place across Northern Ireland in the preceding months. Winners from the Antrim and Newtownabbey heat, Katy Gunning from Templepatrick Primary School and Alexandra Stafford from Belfast High School went on to represent the Borough, in what was an enjoyable whilst highly competitive event.  For video footage of the event or for more information on the competition, visit www.rethinkwasteni.org/eys