Speaking of success, they’re tops

Top debaters Tristan Selden, Ellena Leatherland and Greg Waddell.
Top debaters Tristan Selden, Ellena Leatherland and Greg Waddell.

IT’S success at the double for a group of Morpeth students.

Ellena Leatherland, Greg Waddell and Tristan Selden, representing King Edward VI School, won the Northern Regional Final of the English Speaking Union Public Speaking Competition in Leeds after being successful at the area heat earlier in the year.

Tristan spoke on the subject of whether or not this country should insist that everyone serves a period of compulsory national service, Greg chaired the presentation and introduced a rival school and Ellena questioned Red House School on whether or not polygamous marriages were a good idea.

This is the second year in a row that KEVI has won this prestigious award and the team now go on to compete in the national final at Goodenough College, London, on May 12.

Year 11 pupil Tristan, who was in last year’s team, said: “You never quite know how the judges are going to react and it was a very close competition this year so it was a great feeling to win the northern final once again.

“I’m looking forward to going back to London as I really enjoyed last year’s national final.”

Students who participate in the competition develop their knowledge of topical issues while enhancing their speech writing, speaking and presentation skills, as well as their ability to think analytically on their feet.

KEVI Head of English Liam Murtagh said: “I was thrilled when we won this event last year so to retain the trophy with a different team is a tremendous achievement.

“Greg, Ellena and Tristan have worked really hard to achieve this success and I know that they are very excited about competing at a national level. We wish them the very best of luck.”

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