Debating and public speaking success for Perse students
14 Feb 2020
Perse students have enjoyed a successful term in prestigious public speaking and debating competitions.
Rizwaan Baig, Wendy Hau, Camillo Padulli, Nicholas Romanos, Neil Sardesai, Maria-Louiza van den Bergh (all Lower Sixth), Abrial Jerram (Year 11) and Benedict Meissner (Year 10) represented The Perse in the Cambridge Union Society schools’ debating competition.
Rizwaan and Neil finished fourth overall out of 38 teams to earn a spot in the national finals on 7 March.
In the Oxford Union Society schools’ competition at Bedford School, Rizwaan Baig, Wendy Hau, Camillo Padulli, Nicholas Romanos, Neil Sardesai, Maria-Louiza van den Bergh (all Lower Sixth), William Dickens and Benedict Meissner (both Year 10) all displayed their debating skills.
The Perse pair of Camillo Padulli and Nicholas Romanos were successful in gaining a place in the national final at the Oxford Union on 14 March.
Rizwaan Baig, Camillo Padulli and Nicholas Romanos also reached the second round of the English-Speaking Union (ESU) Mace debating competition at Culford School, discussing the topic of the commercialisation of Pride events.
Meanwhile, two Perse teams took part in the ESU Churchill public speaking competition at Oundle School. William Dickens, Benedict Meissner and Taylor Sabot (all Year 10) spoke on the subject of apprenticeships, while Catherine Balfour, Angela Han and Kashvi Sivasubramaniam (all Year 10) talked about anxiety disorders.
William, Benedict and Taylor won the event, with Taylor also taking the best questioner award. They went on to compete in the branch final at Hills Road Sixth Form College.
Lily Croke (Year 8), Ash Katuri and Djia Sanath-Vijay (both Year 7) took part in the regional final of the Rotary Youth Speaks intermediate public speaking competition at Bury St Edmunds after winning their regional heat. Their topic in the final was the relationship between the state and religion.