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Bromley teenagers take part in Speak Out challenge

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 March 2018

The top three speakers. Picture: Tony Preece

The top three speakers. Picture: Tony Preece

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Students from across Bromley came together last week (Tuesday, February 27), at the Ravensbourne School, Hayes Lane, where they competed to become Bromley’s Speak Out Challenge champion.

Melchi delivering his speech, Picture: Tony PreeceMelchi delivering his speech, Picture: Tony Preece

This year, 15 year old Melchi Dehal, from Langley Park School for Boys, scooped the top prize of a £100 gift certificate, and the chance to go through to the grand final of the competition, which will be held at the Cambridge Theatre in July.

The challenge is the world’s largest youth speaking event, with over 19,000 students in London and Essex participating.

It is funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation and designed and delivered by Speakers Trust, the UK’s leading public speaking charity.

Over 500 year 10 students in Bromley’s state secondary schools received a one-day public speaking training workshop, where they were given the skills and to develop and deliver a competition speech on a topic that is important to them.

Bromley winner Melchi Dehal. Picture: Tony PreeceBromley winner Melchi Dehal. Picture: Tony Preece

Melchi impressed the judges with a winning speech entitled Power without principles, where he discussed people in positions of power taking advantage.

He said: “As more and more speakers completed their speeches I knew I would have to pull everything out of the box to make an impact.

“I feel so good about myself and what I have achieved.

“The whole process was enjoyable and enriching. I am bursting with pride.”

Second place went to Ryan Jones Weise, 15, from The Ravensbourne School, with his speech “Loyalty”, while third place went to Daniel Shipley, 15, from Ravens Wood School with a speech entitled “To be or not to be.”

Deputy Mayor of Bromley, Cllr Kevin Brooks, presented the awards.

He said, “I feel so sorry for the judges because every speech tonight was so good.

“My thanks to the Jack Petchey Foundation, Speakers Trust and The Ravensbourne School for hosting such a marvellous event.

“But the main thanks really go to the students who have spoken tonight - I think we can all go home with important things to think about.

“There is a voice in all of us, public speaking allows that voice to be transmitted. If you can speak, people will listen.”

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