Chairman of the Council’s Environmental Services Committee, Councillor Brian Hanvey, was delighted to hear that Olivia Ferron from St Ita’s Primary School won the regional arc21 Junior Section of the 2015 Environmental Youth Speak Grand Final recently held in the Island Civic Centre in Lisburn.
Councillor Hanvey speaking about the success of the local public speaking talent, said: “It is excellent news that the Council area achieved a top spot at this Northern Ireland wide competition with local pupil Olivia.
“Her entry was very engaging and her interpretation of a waste superhero was memorable to all who heard her entry. The confidence that our young people achieve through competitions such as this is an important life skill, and one that will serve them well as adults.
“I am very pleased to be able to present Olivia with the £500 cheque for her school; and I hope that the school choose to use it to implement new recycling measures in line with the ethos of the competition and to play a part in improving the school environment.
“The hard work and dedication that pupils put into their Environmental Youth Speak entries is highly commendable and over the last few years Lisburn and Castlereagh have done very well in the finals.
“Well done Olivia for your excellent, winning delivery of a thoroughly researched presentation on ‘A day in the life of a Waste Super Hero’,” concluded Councillor Hanvey.
Olivia’s prizes included two vouchers, a Kindle, a trophy and a £500 cheque for her school.