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Beckenham pupil through to final of public speaking competition

PUBLISHED: 10:11 01 April 2015 | UPDATED: 10:11 01 April 2015

Ryan Parsons with his trophy

Ryan Parsons with his trophy

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Harris Academy pupil Ryan Parsons goes through to the final of the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge

A pupil from Beckenham is through to the finals of a public speaking competition.

Ryan Parsons, 14, a pupil at the Harris Academy, won the Bromley regional final of the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge last Wednesday, beating 20 other Year 10 pupils from 15 schools.

He won a £100 voucher and goes through to the final on July 6 at the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End.

Ryan said: “I am thrilled to have been part of the competition - and can hardly believe I won!”

Second and third place went respectively to Phoebe Bellfield, 15, a pupil at Charles Darwin School, and Laiq Nagi, 15, from St Olave’s School.

The awards were presented by Bob Stewart, the MP for Beckenham until Parliament was dissolved on Monday, and Bromley Mayor Julian Benington.

Mr Stewart said: “I believe public speaking is one of the most important skills a young person can develop. As an army officer and a politician it has certainly been crucial in my life.

“It is inspiring to see what Bromley’s Year 10s achieved here. They are a credit to their parents, teachers and communities.”

The competition is run by the Jack Petchey Foundation, which gives grants to projects that benefit young people aged 11 to 25 in London and Essex, and public speaking training charity The Speakers’ Trust.

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