Wisbech Grammar School pupils shine at public speaking and young chef competitions

A THREE-MAN team from Wisbech Grammar School debated the cost of education in the district finals of a public speaking competition in Bury St Edmunds.

Chairman Vincent Tsoi, 17, main speaker Connor Rand and Simeon Grundy, both 18, who proposed the vote of thanks, were placed third in the East Anglian regional round of the Youth Speaks competition organized by the Rotary Club, which was staged at West Suffolk College.

The team members considered whether education was attracting too much funding – or not enough – and they examined the cost of higher education, not just to students but also to the national economy.

Fellow sixth form student Eleanor Overvoorde, 18, also qualified to fly the flag for Wisbech in the regional finals of Rotary’s Young Chef competition.

She missed out on being placed in the top three but was awarded a cookery book by the past mayor of St Edmundsbury, Councillor Robert Cockle, for her tasty concoction of seafood ravioli, stuffed chicken and lemon tart.