|H&F's Young Speakers Take Part in Jack Petchey Challenge|
|Students from Sacred Heart, London Oratory and Fulham Enterprise Studio win top prizes
Young speakers from across Hammersmith and Fulham have taken part in the Hammersmith and Fulham Regional Final of Jack Petchey’s "Speak Out" Challenge!, which was held at Fulham College Boys’ School on Wednesday February 11.
Sacred Heart High's Nancy Gilmartin scooped the top prize, impressing the judges with her winning speech "Women in sport – are we really making progress?". Second place went to Brendan Machell, 14 from London Oratory School with his speech "Asylum" and third place went to Zachary Messersmith, 15 from the Fulham Enterprise Studio with his speech titled " Redefine Beauty".
After just one day of public speaking and effective communication training, 370 year 10 students aged 14-15, from ten schools in the brough took part in the “Speak Out” competition.
Nancy won a £100 Gift Certificate for coming first and a chance to go through to the Grand Final of the “Speak Out” Challenge! due to take place on July 6 at the West End’s Piccadilly Theatre.
Councillor Mercy Umeh, Mayor, Hammersmith & Fulham presented the awards and said: " It was a brilliant event thanks to the Jack Petchey Foundation and Speakers Trust and these young people got up a spoke so well.
The judging panel at the event included Sinclair Beecham (co-founder of Pret A Manger), Keith Blundy (Detective Chief Inspector, Metropolitan Police), Virginia Crompton (Executive Producer, Superact and The British Council), Jane Hill (Presenter, BBC News), Bob Jezzard (Child & Adolescent psychiatrist and former Government advisor) and Jack Liddy (“Speak Out” Challenge! Runner up – 2013/4).
Delivered by Speakers Trust and funded by the Jack
February 25, 2015