Sixth Formers Speak Up for the ESU
The fourth and last of the heats of the annual East Region Sixth Form Public Speaking Competition 2019 was held on 21 October 2019.
Colchester County High School for Girls hosted the town’s division, contested by four teams, two from the host school and two from Colchester Sixth Form College. Former local MP and High Steward of Colchester, Sir Bob Russell, and award-winning speaker and assessor of Toastmasters International, Karen Bellerby, judged the Girls’ High Team 2 to be the winners. The winning team comprised chair, Rosie Boden, questioner, Ana Victoria Anderson Martinez, and speaker, Holly Farrell, who argued that we should not isolate politics from our daily lives. Other topics skilfully presented that evening covered racial discrimination and climate change with Oskar Grewe from the Sixth Form College in particular being commended for expounding on the fact that three billion people live under autocratic regimes.
The winning team progresses to the regional final at The Perse School, Cambridge, on Monday 18 November at 5.00pm.