Public Speaking Expert
A 15 year old school girl from Bromley has been crowned the winner of the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge 2014 for her inspiring and motivating speech.
Artemis Irvine delivered a speech entitled “Menstruation, Misogyny and Caitlin Moran” and her controversial speech managed to impress judges so much that she was given the coveted title.
The Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge is open to year 10 students from across London and Essex and allows students to be able to develop their public speaking and speech skills while progressing thought stages to reach the finals.
This year the finals of the speech competition were held in the Piccadilly Theatre in London and 15 of the best students took to the stage to give their speeches to the judges.
As the winner Artemis will be given a reward of £2,000 for he to invest in her education while a further £3,000 will be given to her school.
When she found out she had won the coveted prize she was a little taken back. Artemis said: “The standard was so high tonight I really didn’t expect to win. Every one of the other speeches was good enough to win.
“Now that I have won? Well, I feel relieved, and happy with how it went. That so many people enjoyed it is just amazing.”
She concluded by setting out what she intends to do with her prize money: “I’ll put my share towards my university fee, and the school’s money will be for the English Department to help them buy new books.”
One of the judges of the competition this year was BBC journalist Brenda Emmanus, she said: “I thought it was one of the most awe inspiring evenings I have ever been to, and I think it gives us a real belief and confidence in the net generation.”
The Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge was set nine years ago to help encourage students to learn how to make speeches in public and so far more than 100,000 children have been able to benefit from the challenge. The Jack Petchey Foundation uses his business wealth to help fund the project and so far his businesses have donated a massive €85 million to support youth projects.
Jack Petchey said: “I am so proud of these young people. Their confidence and ability to express themselves shows that our mission “If you think you can – you can”, is being fulfilled.”