2022 Secondary Schools’ Public Speaking Competition SE Qld


Congratulations to our 2022 finalists!


On 11 August, our ESU Public Speaking Competition showcased the outstanding skills of Senior Secondary School Grand Finalists. 6 South- East Queensland Finalists were joined by the Winner of the North Queensland division. North Queensland was well represented by Tara Woods who gained Third Place. Following a 5 minute Prepared topic, the Grand Finalists were each challenged to present a 3 minute Impromptu speech after a five minute preparation time. The winners were:

FIRST – Ebony Niethe from Centenary State High School, Brisbane

SECOND – Seth Ryan Maranduque from Centenary State High School, Brisbane

THIRD – Tara Woods from Pimlico State High School, Townsville 


Pictured clockwise from top left then centre:
– Tara Woods (Third), Ebony Niethe (First), Seth Ryan Maranduque (Second)
– Ebony Niethe receiving award from Dr Caroline Hatcher
– Seth Ryan Maranduque
– Adjudicator Dr Lesley Irvine
– Tara Woods
– ESU QLD Public Speaking Co- ordinator Dr Caroline Hatcher
– Ebony Niethe
– Adjudicator David Cockburn

Senior Heats Update

On 21 July, 24 impressive Seniors( Year 11 &12) from across South East met at Seven Hills Hub for the Annual Senior English Speaking Union Public Speaking Competition.

Six outstanding students were chosen by our experienced adjudicators, Annette Stoddart and Pam Greatorix. Our adjudicators, both of whom are former Presidents of the Communication, Performance and Speech Teachers association in Queensland, commented on the high quality of competitors and the difficulty of choosing just 6 to go ahead to the Final on 11 August.

Finalists for the Senior Heats 2022:
Jordan Yeung – Centenary State High School
Will Ames – St Joseph’s, Gregory Terrace
Juan Vargas Duque – Centenary State High School
Connor Alforque – Northside Christian College
Ebony Niethe – Centenary State High School
Seth Ryan Marinduque – Centenary State High School

The South East Queensland Finalists will be joined by Tara Woods of Pimlico State High School, winner of the North Queensland Division on 11 August.
Venue: Seven Hills Hub
Time: 6pm

PREPARED TOPIC: The Internet is so big, so powerful and pointless that for some it is a complete substitution for life. Andrew Brown

Intermediate Heats Update

On 26 May, 10 Heat winners from South-East Queensland and North Queensland met at the Seven Hills Hub in Seven Hills Brisbane to compete in the ESU Grand Final Intermediate competition for 2022.

TOPIC: If one has to submit, it is wasteful not to do so with the best possible grace. Winston Churchill

Each speaker presented a 4 minute Prepared speech and 2 minute Impromptu, with the latter topic given 5 preparation time.

Competing at the Intermediate Grand Finals (names in order from L as pictured):

Amaeh Reed (1st), Eli Gearing (2nd), Jasper Vinen (3rd) and Ryder Calbert (highly commended)

The Finalists for the Intermediate heats came from a diversity of schools (names in order from L as pictured):

Jackson Woodhead – Iona College

Sophia Smith – St Rita College

Georgia Normile – All Saints Anglican School

Amaeh Reed – Mt Alvernia College

Eli Gearing – Centenary SHS

Jasper Vinen – Iona College

Ryder Calbert – St Andrews

Benjamin Sarnyai – Pimlico SHS Townsville

Lucus Lu – Brisbane Grammar School

Ethan Payne – St Mary’s College Toowoomba

Congratulations to our Winners in the Intermediate 2022 finals!

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