SCOIL Chriost Ri student Alison Spillane recently shone at the Europe Direct Soapbox. ‘Is youth wasted on the young?’ was the saying hotly discussed by students and adults from across Ireland, as part of a number of regional soapboxes organised by Europe Direct Ireland.
At the regional final in Thurles Library, held on November 1 and chaired by Ms Phil Prendergast MEP, there was strong competition from speakers from Laois, Offaly, Tipperary and Wexford. Each contestant had three minutes to present their arguments, convince the judges and persuade the audience.
The judging panel had the unenviable task of choosing the winners and they were first place – Michael Dwyer (Wexford); second place – Shane Guinan (Offaly); third place – Alison Spillane (Laois).
Michael Dwyer, a 16 year old student from Gorey, then went on to win the national final in Farmleigh House on Tuesday November 20.
The Soapbox is a national event presented by Europe Direct Ireland and has received funding from the European Commission.