Canterbury school dominates public speaking competition

04 Sep 2018 • Progress Leader, Melbourne (General News)

Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar scored a clean sweep at this year’s Hawthorn Voices of a Generation public speaking competition.

Chloe Plant won the junior category for Year 7-9 and Natasha Hawkins won the senior category, which covered Year 10-12.

The competition is an initiative by Hawthorn state Liberal MP John Pesutto.

This year’s topic was ‘How can we ensure that all people are given the opportunity to maximise their potential to help build a caring, respectful and prosperous community?’

Students from Auburn High School, Camberwell High School, Bialik College, Scotch College, Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar and Swinburne Secondary College participated.

Mr Pesutto said this year’s competition was “even bigger and better” than previous years.

“The judges had a hard time choosing our winners as every student was well informed, confident and passionate advocates for our community,” he said.

“I established this competition to encourage students to believe strongly in their individual potential to contribute to a better world and we certainly saw this in today’s competition.”

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