Very early on Saturday morning the 4th of February BCS' junior debating and public speaking team headed for the big city of Dublin to participate in the DUGWA's public speaking for girls in Trinity College Dublin. Competing also in the competition were St. Joseph's Secondary School, Rush, Co. Dublin, Welsey College, Dublin, Loreto College, St. Stephen's Green, Assumption Secondary School, Walkinstown, Dublin, St. Mark's Secondary School, Dublin, St Joseph's Secondary School, Clonee, Dublin. Each member of the BCS team had chosen two of the six prescribed topics and had researched and had some preparatory work done on these topics. On the day, the girls were given an aspect of one of their chosen topics and had 20 minutes to prepare and deliver a speech in the Synge lecture hall in Trinity. One of Tyra's topics was the topic of the environment and she was asked to speak on how 'Green energy is best'. One of Katie's selected topics was the topic of modern living and technology and she was asked to speak on how 'Online bullying is the greatest threat facing young people'. One of Emma's topics was the topic of leisure and on the day she was asked to speak on the aspect of' Society places too much emphasis on work. What was leisure time?' The overall winners of the competition were Assumption Secondary School, Walkinstown, Dublin. However, Bailieborough Community School also enjoyed great success with our very own Emma Clarke being named the best speaker. Emma will now represent Trinity College Dublin in the Irish Federation of Universities Public Speaking Competition on the 11th of March in Trinity. Well done to all the girls. They were a credit to their school.