Five teams competed in the Northern Section Heat of the East Region Sixth Form Public Speaking Competition after school hours on Thursday, 11 October, generously hosted in the Hunt Theatre by Felsted School, to whom we are again endebted for their hospitality.
Speakers’ topics covered gender stereotyping in different contexts, political misadventure in the Middle East, cultural appropriation and achieving happiness.
The adjudicators, former Councillor and retired English teacher, Annesley Hardy, and solicitor advocate, Stephen Moriaty, acknowledged the very high standard of performance before announcing the winners as Colchester Royal Grammar School’s Team 2 and Colchester VI Form College as runners-up, both of whom will progress to the final in November.
The chair, speaker and questioner, respectively, were, for the hosts, Freya Miller, Elliot Reeve and Charlotte Perry, for Colchester County High School for Girls, Twinkle Agrawal, Nicole Emeka-Ugwuadu and Joanna Rawlings, for Colchester Sixth Form College, Etholle Davies, Oscar Grewe and Milo Priest, for Colchester Royal Grammar School Team 1, Esha Desai, Marie Cilliers and Daksh Brijwani, and for the Royal Grammar Team 2, Praneesh Kathirvel, Naman Gupta and Rounak Ghosh. The competition organizer, Brian Cooke, representing the East Region, invited the Felsted coordinator, Elizabeth McLaren, to present each of the participants with a certificate as a record of their achievement