"Speak Out" Challenge! Regional Final
On Friday the 28th of April, Ms Yadav took two students to compete in the Harrow “Speak Out” Challenge held at Park High School. Each year 18,000 students from across London and Essex take part in this Jack Petchey public speaking challenge, who compete to be one of the 37 Regional Champions. The selection process for the finals was difficult. A ‘speakfirst’ representative was invited in to school to run a worKshop for the best speakers in Year 10, and from this Harry Molander and Abigail Thevaseyan were selected to represent Whitmore.
Both students worked independently in creating their speeches, and Harry spoke about the corrupting influence of video games whilst Abigail spoke about being comfortable in your own skin.
The speeches were then voted on by a panel of independent judges comprising of representatives from charities such as Mind in Harrow and Action for Children, to other prominent members of Harrow’s community i.e. the Acting Inspector of Harrow Met Police and the London Fire Brigade.
We are thrilled to say that Abigail’s speech won the Regional Final and she is now in with a chance of making the Grand Final of this competition.
Well done Abigail, Harry and all of you who entered the initial competition. Also a huge thank you to Ms Yadav for encouraging and supporting the students within this.
Second chances. I believe that they exist for a reason given to us by something. Call it what you will; fate, destiny, Ms Yadav, because thanks to her I managed to gain a second chance at an amazing opportunity - The Jack Petchey Speak Out competition, here at the regional final, 11 of Harrow's most talented speakers took to Park High's stage to speak about something close to them. In each speech was a message which allowed the speaker to share their individuality. I managed to portray my message well enough to become regional champion! I am so grateful to each and every person involved, including Whitmore's own Harry Molander, who shared an inventive and interesting piece. Second chances really must happen for a reason.
By Abigail Thevaseyan 10CL