Eight teams competed in an entertaining and closely-fought heat at Colchester English Study Centre on 19 October 2017 for two places in the final of the East Region Sixth Form Public Speaking Competition. Colchester County High School for Girls, Colchester Royal Grammar School, Colchester Sixth Form College and King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford, were represented at the event with an audience which included international students from the host Centre.
The winners were KEGS Team 2, comprising chairperson, Kenza Essalama, questioner, Harry Walton and speaker, Max Clifford, who addressed the issue of patriotism in the modern world, with each team member receiving a small prize. CRGS Team 2 were runners-up, represented by Alfred Riddell, Mathilda Owen and Emily Wright, who argued that taxation of unhealthy food was preferable to denying medical treatment to obese people.
The adjudicating panel consisted of Colchester Garrison Sergeant Major W Biggar, who complimented all who had taken part, head judge and local ESU committee member, Karen Bellerby and former Study Centre manager, Jane Sims.
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