Speech is silver for trio

KEVI students have won the area heat of the English Speaking Union Public speaking competition for the second year in a row and received a trophy (back two-left to right) Greg Waddell, Tristan Selden and Ellena Leatherland.
KEVI students have won the area heat of the English Speaking Union Public speaking competition for the second year in a row and received a trophy (back two-left to right) Greg Waddell, Tristan Selden and Ellena Leatherland.
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A TRIO of Morpeth teenagers’ top debating skills has earned them some silverware.

The team from King Edward VI School won the area heat of the English Speaking Union Public Speaking competition.

Ellena Leatherland as Questioner, Tristan Selden as Speaker and Greg Waddell as Chairman beat five other schools to claim the prestigious trophy.

There was further success when Tristan won the Best Speaker award for his speech, where he disagreed with the idea that fame and fortune are the only things worth pursuing, and Greg Waddell was named Best Personality of the competition for his work in chairing the 14-minute presentation.

Head of English at KEVI Liam Murtagh, said: “They say that speaking in public is one of the aspects of life that people hate the most so to have students with the confidence and skills that Greg, Tristan and Ellena have shown in public speaking is wonderful.

“The students’ success was equally pleasing as their win meant that King Edward High School has retained this prestigious trophy.”

The team now go onto the regional final at Leeds Grammar School on Saturday, March 3, where they will hope to become crowned northern champions.