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Student's winning speech takes her to Great Heights

In an impressive display of oratory skill Year 10 student Luna, emerged as the winner of the Wandsworth Regional Final of Jack Petchey's Speak Out Challenge. 

Luna holding her winner's certificate

20 finalists from 350 entries from all the Wandsworth schools performed their speeches in the finals so this is a real achievement. Tishan also spoke in the regional finals as one of the 20 and although he didn’t come away with a prize, he did himself really proud.

Luna captivated the audience and judges with a speech that championed the power of embracing one's uniqueness. Titled "Great Heights", the speech artfully explored how perceived shortcomings, such as being shorter than average, can transform into sources of strength and individuality. This message resonated deeply, not only securing Luna the top spot at the regional final but also serving as an inspiring reminder of the importance of self-acceptance and the value of individual differences.

Afterwards Luna said, "It's such an amazing experience. It gives you so much confidence. I just loved meeting everyone. It's going to be so beneficial in the future. I loved it!" This shows the positive impact of the Speak Out Challenge, not only in terms of public speaking prowess but also in fostering a sense of community and mutual encouragement among participants.

Luna and Tishan with certificates

This prestigious event, part of the largest public speaking programme in England, showcases the talents of young speakers from across London and Essex. 

Through initiatives like Jack Petchey's Speak Out Challenge, young individuals are empowered to share their stories and ideas, contributing to a culture of positive communication and social change. 

We are incredibly proud of Luna and Tishan's achievements and look forward to seeing them speak up to effect positive change in society. Congratulations!