Naomi Thevaseyan - awarded 2nd place at the Harrow Regional Final of Jack Petchey's "Speak Out!" Challenge!
"Being scared should never stop you from achieving". This was the emboldening reminder which opened this year's Regional Final of the Jack Petchey "Speak Out!" public speaking competitionâ at Bentley Wood High School. It showcased speeches from twelve Year 10 students who had been shortlisted from over 300 competitors across Harrow. The students conquered huge nerves, and tough competition, to speak out publicly about the issues that matter most to them, including islamophobia, mental health, trust and child labour.
Speeches were scored by an impressive line-up of judges, including the 2018 Global Teacher Prize winner, Andria Zafirakou; President of the Harrovian Speakers Club, Sushil Shah; and the Service Manager of Mind in Harrow, Sona Barbosa. Elia Yousf, previous runner-up in the 2018 Harrow Regional Final, was also a credit to Whitmore on the judging panel. The Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Kareema Marikar, was in attendance too, and set a wonderful tone for the event when she greeted us in several of the 156 languages spoken in Harrow.
We are extremely proud of competitor Naomi Thevaseyan, who won second place with her speech "Insecurity for Sale!" that made audiences both laugh out loud, yet reflect seriously on the issue of body shaming. We wish her many congratulations.