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Published: 12/12/2016

Year 10 student Saskia Brown has won the Islington Regional Final of the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge, the world’s largest youth public speaking competition.  Saskia is now among the top 0.2% of young public speakers in London and Essex.  
After being selected as semi-finalists from the workshops, Saskia and Adrianna Sanders were both selected as finalists in a Year 10 assembly to represent EGA at the regional final at Mount Carmel. Saskia spent a lot of time preparing for the speech – she rehearsed with Ms Reeves, at home and also audio recorded herself to help her remember her speech. This meant she was she able to speak without notes for 3 minutes. 
On Monday, she attended a two hour workshop run by Jack Petchey before the final. Then she went up against finalists from schools all over Islington and came in first place. 
Saskia’s topic was ‘The Power of Self Belief’ – she spoke of the importance of ignoring negative comments from others and having determination and belief to succeed. She also encouraged the audience to consider how they speak to others and whether they may be contributing to reducing someone’s belief.  Here is the link to the video of her speech: 
The Power of Self Belief’
There are also some photos of the event here - scroll to near the end for photos of Saskia after she won: 
From the 37 Regional Champions, 15 will be selected to go through to the Grand Final on 3rd July 2017.  These 15 will be selected by an expert panel on Monday 22nd May 2017 who will watch all videos and judge them on the same three criteria: content, delivery and structure.  
We wish Saskia the best of luck for the next stage of the competition. 

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