We are super proud of Year 10 student Hareem who has been selected as one of twelve national finalists to speak at the St John Ambulance National Youth Public Speaking Competition, Sunday 26th March 2023.
The competition marks World Speech Day and encourages students to develop public speaking abilities in order to elevate their individual, transferable skillsets, including advocacy, speech, teamwork, and self-assurance. Any young person within St John Ambulance, between the ages of 12 to 18, had the opportunity to enter the Selection Round of the competition, where they were asked to submit a speech to camera, presenting passionately on a topic of their choice in association with Health and Social Care or Social Action. Hareem was initially inspired by Drama Director, Mr Besford, talking about personas as a way to change and adapt to different environments for her selection round speech.
The videos were judged based on a set marking criteria by Young Leaders in the organisation who are well-versed in public speaking and alongside them, an external judge who was a Westminster Award Finalist in 2022. Entrants were judged on their speech structure, topic knowledge, delivery and engagement with standard of entry being impressively high.
For her speech in the National Finals, Hareem will speak about the topic of loneliness in the elderly, inspired by her parents who work with geriatrics and her personal experiences visiting a care home.
Huge congratulations Hareem on successfully making it through to the National Finals of the Competition. We are right behind you, celebrating your growth and ongoing achievement.