On Saturday the 22nd of April, three of Urmston Grammar’s Year Eleven Students – Kemi Osobukola, Matthew Audcent and Jasmine Shaw – competed in the final of the prestigious English Speaking Union’s Public Speaking Competition.
Held at the University of Cambridge, on the campus of the beautiful Churchill College (home to 32 Nobel Prize winners), teams from eight regions throughout the country, all winners of their own regions, competed for the national title.
After winning two local rounds and the North West round, the Urmston Grammar team put in an excellent performance, with Matthew Audcent chairing one discussion with his usual skill and panache and with Kemi Osobukola expertly questioning the speaker on that topic.
Jasmine Shaw then spoke impressively on the topic of hate speech – taking the famous Winston Churchill quotation “Evils can be created much quicker than they can be cured” and thoroughly convincing the large audience of her point of view: in the age of a pervasive social media, Churchill’s quotation is more apt than ever it was.
The chair of the judging panel commented that this year’s standard was the highest he had seen in his twenty years of judging the finals.
In the end the team form Wales took the title.
But Kemi , Matthew and Jasmine deserve to be congratulated on what is an impressive achievement. They are rightly ranked among the eight best Public Speaking teams in the whole country.