Scarlett wins through to finals with tear-jerking speech
John O’Gaunt Student and Young Farmer Scarlett Slatter (14) is through to the finals of a tough, national Public Speaking Competition, with a moving speech she has written and performed about her experience of Covid. Her story has appeared in both Penny Post and the Newbury Weekly News.
Scarlett speaks candidly about her experience, fears, and pride during the height of the pandemic, when she was separated from her Mum, who was working long hours as a nurse and didn’t want to bring the virus home.
Assistant Vice-Principal Mrs Jay Morgan said ‘It’s an incredibly moving speech. Anyone who has heard it has had some tears, particularly with the twist at the end of an unopened letter. Scarlett’s composure, clarity and delivery are so impressive.’
Scarlett is a proud member of Bradfield Young Farmer’s Club with her supporting team Alice Phillips (15) from The Downs School who has the role of Chair, and Aine Stanley (16) from Wallingford School, who gives the Vote of Thanks. The team won the county competition and went on to represent Berkshire in the regional South East competition. They are now through to the finals at Staffordshire County Showground later this spring.
Scarlett said ‘As a Young Farmer, communication and representation is as important as the opportunities it gives you. I’m also doing a tractor driving course with them! It’s never been such a good time for women in agriculture – it encompasses everything, tech, science, mathematics as well as animal welfare and public speaking!’
Teacher Ms Debi Arden-Hunt said ‘I was blown away by the maturity and depth of Scarlett’s writing, and she delivered it with such poise and understanding of an emotional topic. She is a gifted and natural speaker, and an absolute credit to herself and her family, her Young Farmers Club and to us, too.
Photo Scarlett Slatter (centre) with her support team and judges.