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PUBLISHED: 12:50 04 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:38 25 August 2010

ADDICTION to networking site Facebook was the subject of an award-winning public speaking competition by pupils. Students from Beths

ADDICTION to networking site Facebook was the subject of an award-winning public speaking competition by pupils.

Students from Beths Grammar School, Hartford Road, won the Bexley Public Speaking competition with - The newest fad: Facebook Addiction Disorder.

The judging panel included Deputy Director for Schools and Educational Improvement, Carolyn Unsted, and Bexley Mayor Bernard Clewes MBE.

First to open their talk was Rebecca Fairbank, 16, who said after the competition: "It was quite nerve wracking as I had to set the tone of the presentation with some humour.

"We have been rehearsing the talk for about six weeks. Brainstorming we found there are positive aspects to the network site but we decided to target the negative, addictive elements."

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School came in second with their speech called Fifteen minutes of fame. Third place went to Townley Grammar School with The Feminisation of the British Male.

Deputy council leader, SimonWindle, said: "Every year the standard is high but this year's teams provided the judges with an exceptional standard and a very difficult choice. I congratulate everyone that took part and hope that we can look forward to an entry next year from every secondary school in the borough."

The winning team of Jack Connell, Fraser Ritte, Tom Pressland and Rebecca Fairbank took home the prestigious Sams Memorial Cup, named after councillor Brian Sams, and a boxed medal. Second and third placed teams received medals.

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School's Sixth Form Jazz Band provided the entertainment at the event.

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