Teenage orator wows judges to win Jack Petchey award

Sutton Guardian: Rachel Opoku-Appiah Rachel Opoku-Appiah

A confident schoolgirl scooped top prize in a public speaking competition.

Rachel Opoku-Appiah won top prize in the Sutton regional final of Jack Petchey Speak Out challenge, which asks young people to speak about a topic of their choice.

Wallington High School pupil Rachel, 15, was beat off competition from 13 other year 10 students from around Sutton. Her winning speech 'Getting High' impressed the judges and landed her a £100 gift voucher as well as a place in the national final of the competition.

She said: "Participating in this event has boosted my self-confidence. It has been an amazing experience." 

The contest is hosted by the Speakers Trust and funded by east London businessman and philanthropist Jack Petchey.

Second place went to Khadijah Hayden, 15 from Carshalton High School for Girls with her speech 'You are Beautiful' and third place went to Grace Hitchcock,15, from the Cheam High School with her speech titled 'Live for the Day'.


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12:40am Mon 24 Mar 14

Michael Pantlin says...

Good achievement. Set me thinking though how everyone wants to talk but not so many are good listeners. I even encounter some stressful people who want to talk all the time, interrupt you and seamlessly change subject before you are able to find a gap to reply. Maybe we need a Good Listening Competition too?
Good achievement. Set me thinking though how everyone wants to talk but not so many are good listeners. I even encounter some stressful people who want to talk all the time, interrupt you and seamlessly change subject before you are able to find a gap to reply. Maybe we need a Good Listening Competition too? Michael Pantlin
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