Brave-faced Arts and Media School student from Islington wins public speaking competition

4:09 PM December 12, 2017

8:10 p.m. October 15, 2020

A 15-year-old won first prize in a public speaking competition – with a talk about teeth.

(Left to right) Central Foundation Boys’ School’s Kidus Kinfu, Gary Squires, Borough Fire Commander, Arts and Media School, Islington’s Azana Patterson and City of London Academy Highbury Hill’s Marli Ann at the Jack Petchey ‘Speak Challenge Out”. Photo by Tony Preece.
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On Thursday, students from across Islington gathered at Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School for the Jack Petchey Foundation’s ‘speaking challenge’.

More than 300 grade 10 students from public high schools in the borough attended a one-day workshop on public speaking and communication prior to the tournament.

Azana Patterson, a student at the School of Arts and Media in Islington, whose amusing speech about her gnashers won the top prize, said: ‘It was such a fun and eventful night. I was so excited and relieved to win. Thank you to everyone who supported me.”

Second place went to Central Foundation Boys’ School student Kidus Kinfu with his speech Who Cares? – closely followed by City of London Academy Highgate Hill student Marli Ann with her speech What Is Success?

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