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PLC Sydney celebrates the close of the 30th WIDPSC with great results

widpsc_april-2017 copyPLC Sydney was represented by our Fab Four Orators - Lina Cho, Eleanor Lawton-Wade, Jade Lin and Kelsey Lu - in four speaking events  (After Dinner/ Persuasive Speaking, Reading, Debating, Impromptu Speaking) in five exhausting days of competitive oratory, held at Ravenswood Girls School in Gordon, Sydney.

In a field of 100 students, drawn from Canada, America, Britain, South Africa, Cyprus, Lithuania, China, Hong Kong and Australia, we are thrilled to report that in aggregate results, Year 11 students Eleanor Lawton Wade has ranked 5th in World across four speaking disciplines and performed very strongly in Impromptu Speaking, Debating and Reading. Close behind, Lina Cho was ranked 18th overall and narrowly missed out on the trophy ceremony.

In individual speaking events, Year 12 student, Jade Lin ranked 4th in the World in Individual Debating, a 'best-ever' PLC Sydney individual result in the discipline of debating.
At the end of the heats, Year 12 student, Kelsey Lu ranked 3rd in After Dinner Speaking and 13th in Interpretative Reading.

More than the results though, was the sense of camaraderie and personal growth for our students, listening to and learning from some of the sharpest young minds the world has to offer (who were also clearly articulate). 


Team PLC Sydney should be proud of their on-podium and off-podium endeavours - not only did they perform beautifully, they demonstrated self discipline in training, were well-mannered and affirmed other competitors during the event. 

Thanks to the Debating/Speech students for your voluntary help over the weekend and the PLC Sydney cheer squad that turned up for Jade's Final at Ravenswood.

Ms Lynette Hawkey
Head of Speech and Public Speaking (External), MUN Director

Image: Closing Ceremony of the 30th Annual World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships at Taronga Zoo. Eleanor Lawton-Wade (Year 11), who ranked 5th in World across four speaking disciplines, with PLC Sydney Principal, Dr Paul Burgis.