ARE Jaffa Cakes really cakes - or biscuits? It's one of the conundrums that challenged the debating skills of secondary school pupils in the recent Rotary Youth Speaks finals.

Hosted by the Rotary Club of Narberth and Whitland at the Hotel Plas Hyfryd, Narberth, the contest was for West Wales (Area 2) of District 1150.

There was a large attendance of students, teachers, parents, relatives and Rotarians for the two competitions in the intermediate and senior age groups.

Adjudicators Rhiannon James and Clive Morgan were impressed with the entertaining and informative discussions - which also included the dangers of social media - and had a difficult task to choose teams to progress to the next round im Abergavenny next month.

The intermediate section, contested by Ysgol y Preseli, Haverfordwest High, Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi and Ysgol Harri Tudur was won by Ysgol Penrhyn Dewi's team of Maisie Millerchip, Evan Platel and Nathan Howe.

Nathan was also named as best speaker, with Preseli's Manon John as best proposer of a vote of thanks and Nivetha Athithan of Haverfordwest High best chairperson.

The senior section saw teams from Ysgol Dyffryn Taf and Haverfordwest High going head to head, with their topics discussing gender equality in sport and the importance of adequate university funding.

After a close contest, the Haverfordwest team of Cara Jeffery, chairperson; Mary-Anne Johns, proposer and Euan Sinclair, speaker, were chosen as winners.

All team members were presented with certificates by assistant district governor, Derek Lloyd.