Students rise to the challenge at Rostrum Voice of Youth

Boys and girls from high schools around Sydney arrived at PLC Sydney's Macindoe Library on 31 March for the 2015 Rostrum Voice of Youth Public Speaking Competition. The stereotype of the politically apathetic, iPhone-addicted, good-for-nothing teenager was surely going to be challenged that afternoon.

Rostrum Voice of Youth is a public speaking competition aimed at allowing the voices of young people to be heard. Julia Leggat, Sherie Pan, Stephanie Lee and Eleanor Lawton-Wade were our fine Junior representatives; each having to speak for six minutes on one of the given topics. Congratulations to Eleanor Lawton-Wade who won her heat in the Junior section. Her engaging speech on ‘A Lightbulb Moment’ brought home a win for the College.

Gisella Candi, Nicole Sung, Jade Lin and Kelsey Lu were our Senior representatives, each having to speak for eight minutes on one of the given topics. Gisella came runner-up with her speech on ‘Friend or Foe’ and Nicole Sung won with her speech on the topic ‘Detour’.

Eleanor and Nicole advanced to the semi-finals. In addition to the ‘Prepared Speech’, they also have to give an ‘Impromptu Speech’.

On behalf of everyone who participated, I would like to say a very big thank you to all involved in the running of the competition, the Rostrum volunteers and, of course, to the always cheerful and ever-helpful Ms Therese Bennetts. We are fortunate to have such opportunities like Rostrum at PLC Sydney, where the challenge lies, not only in formulating a persuasive, logical stance on an issue we feel passionate about, but also in the manner in which we voice our opinions.

Nicole Sung (Year 11)

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