2021 Secondary Schools Public Speaking Grand Finals

The English-Speaking Union (Queensland Branch)
Secondary Schools Public Speaking Competition
Grand Final Junior Division Queensland Winners

The Grand Final was held Monday 24 May 2021 at the Newmarket Hall, 212 Ashgrove Avenue, Ashgrove. Finalists presented their 3 minutes Prepared Speech on the Topic: “Kind words are short and easy to speak: Their echoes are truly endless” – Mother Theresa. Participants then presented a 2 minute Impromptu speech.

Approximately 30 parents, family members, teachers and ESU Board members enjoyed, described by several audience members as a ‘wonderful evening’ that was ‘entertaining and inspirational’.

The 2021 Queensland Junior Division winners are:
Portai Taggert Cannon Hill Anglican College (Ist Prize)
Lucus Lu Brisbane Grammar School – (2nd Prize).
Saxon Miller All Saints Anglican College (3rd Prize)

Queensland Junior Division Final participants with the Judges.
L to R Annette Stoddart, Saxon Miler (All Saints Anglican College), Lucus Lu (Brisbane Grammar School), Portia Taggert (Cannon Hill Anglican College), Benjamin Sarnyai (Pimlico SHS), Dr Lesley Irvine, Om Thanker (Brisbane Grammar School) , Charli Horne (Centenary SHS), Ojas Jindal (Toowoomba Anglican School), Samuel Kennedy (St Andrews Lutheran College)

 

Queensland Junior Division 2021 Winners
Saxon Miller All Saints Anglican College (3rd Prize), Portai Taggert Cannon Hill Anglican College (Ist Prize), Lucus Lu (Brisbane Grammar School) – 2nd Prize

 

The English-Speaking Union (Queensland Branch)
Secondary Schools Public Speaking Competition
2021 Grand Final Intermediate Division

The 2021 Intermediate Public Speaking Grand final was held Wednesday 5 May with 11 students competing in front of 30 parents.

The topic of the Prepared speech was: Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep balance, you must keep moving. Albert Einstein

Congratulations to our ESU Public Speaking Intermediate Heat winners who now go through to the Finals.

Heat winners: Jasper Vinen – Iona College, Jackson Woodhead – Iona College, Joseph Lewis – Marist College Ashgrove, Dominic Forrest – Brisbane Grammar School, Lachlan Goodhew – Centenary SHS, Eli Gearing – Centenary SHS

 

Adjudicators Emeritus Prof Caroline Hatcher and Dr Lesley Irvine (QUT) were impressed with the interesting exploration of ideas and the polished presentation of all participants which challenged the adjudicators in their evaluations.

 

L to R Jasper Vinen – Iona College, Jackson Woodhead – Iona College, Joseph Lewis – Marist College Ashgrove, Dominic Forrest – Brisbane Grammar School, Lachlan Goodhew – Centenary SHS, Eli Gearing – Centenary SHS.

 

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