Lauryn Nwaeze Year 10 Jack Petchey Public Speaking Regional Winner
Students in Hillingdon were given a platform to air their views on a range of subjects during a special ceremony.
Hosted by Swakeleys School, the event saw eighteen speakers take to the stage to speak out on issues that affected their lives.
All received a certificate commemorating their performance. Lauryn Nwaeze, a THA student, was crowned a regional winner and gained second place for her speech on the London riots:
and received a £50 itunes voucher for her success.
The evening formed the regional final of the Jack Petchey Speak Out Award, a London wide initiative, funded by the Jack Petchey Foundation to encourage public speaking within youths.
Mrs Gordon said: “It provides a great opportunity for young people to quite literally speak out when they might not have previously had the chance.”
Jack Petchey is a successful businessman who hailed from a working class background in East London.
He set up the Jack Petchey Foundation in 1999, to give opportunities to young Londoners aged 11-25 and has since donated more than £65m to schools, clubs and projects to benefit young people.