Results of the National Final of the BBC Awards 2011
The weekend of 9/ 10 April, 15 students competed in the national final of the BBC Young Writers and Public Speaking Awards in Amsterdam. Here are the winners!Big winner of the Public Speaking Awards was Florentyna van Zanten of the Christelijk Lyceum Zeist. Her speech was about the dangers of the Internet. Riem Alkaissy of the Rijnlands Lyceum Oegstgeest was runner-up with her speech about the shortage of fossil fuels. The audience award was won by Imke Ditters from Metameer in Stevensbeek. Paul Arkwright summed up the winning speech: "We liked the pace, the articulation and the strong opening."
Geiske van Logtestijn of the Sint-Oelbertgymnasium in Oosterhout came first in the Young Writers Award and also won the audience award. Runner-up wasAnastasia de Vries of the Pius X College in Almelo. The Ambassador commented on Geiske's essay: "It had complexity, it was multi-layered, with some light touches and was extremely well structured. This was an extremely good piece."
The best public speaker and writer were selected from the finalists in the presence of HE Paul Arkwright, the British Ambassador.
The winner and runner-up of the Public Speaking Awards travel to London in May to represent the Netherlands in the English Speaking Union's International Public Speaking Competition. The top two writers will have the opportunity to follow a one-week writing course at one of the Arvon Foundation centres in the UK.