Felsted School generously hosted the annual East Region Sixth Form Public Speaking Competition Final on 30 November for the second time in 2017 as the timing shifted from the second to the first term of the academic year. Five teams competed from three counties, namely, King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford and Colchester Royal Grammar School, who had progressed from a local heat, alongside The Perse School, Cambridge, St Clement Danes, Hertfordshire and hosts, Felsted.
The adjudicating panel comprised ESU Deputy Chair, Prof James Raven, retired judge, Charles Molle and solicitor advocate, Stephen Moriaty. President of the East Region, His Grace Petrus the Earl of Hoole Count de la Marche, presented certificates to all the participants in the competition, which was compered by Colchester & North Essex Chair, Brian Cooke.
Having congratulated all who had taken part on the high standards attained, Prof Raven announced the winners in a closely fought competition to be St Clement Danes and the runners up Colchester Royal Grammar School. St Clement Danes' team was made up of chair, Jonathan Driver, questioner, Florence McGrath and Maxwell Duncan, who expounded the power of influence. In the respective roles for Colchester Royal Grammar School were Alfred Riddell, Mathilda Owen and Emily Wright, who argued in favour of taxing unhealthy food to support the NHS. As well as the winning trio, Max Clifford, the speaker from King Edward VI School, who questioned the value of patriotism in the modern world, was presented with a prize from Count Hoole de la Marche as the outstanding performer from another team.
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