Issued: February 29, 2016
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West Hatch High School students to take part in Jack Petchey Foundation's 'Speak Out' Challenge
Social Media and the changing face of football will be highlighted by two West Hatch High School students in the area final of the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge.
Year 10 students Jake Groce and Joseph Mulvihill-Young have been chosen from six finalists to represent the Chigwell school in the annual competition.
They will be up against students from a number of other schools, with the winner going onto the national final.
Jake and Joseph will also be West Hatchâ€™s representatives at The Worshipful Company of Educatorsâ€™ Public Speaking Competition at Gresham College in the City of London next month.
Jake and Joseph were among 30 West Hatch students who attended a public speaking training day on Friday. They were then selected with four other students for todayâ€™s school final.
Jake spoke about Social Media and the potential pitfalls of â€˜Likingâ€™ and â€˜Followingâ€™ people with a talk entitled â€˜Not So Social Mediaâ€™ while Joseph highlighted the changing face of football with high wages for players and ever-increasing ticket prices for fans. His talk was entitled â€˜The Beautiful, Ugly Game.â€™
Also taking part in the school's final were Gold Luntadila, who spoke about the journey of life and planning for your futureâ€™, Luke Mathers, who spoke about â€˜Changeâ€™ with the message â€œchange the way you live to make your life betterâ€; Amira Nazir, whose talk entitled â€˜A Life for a Lifeâ€™ focused on crimes and criminals; and Murad Noor who spoke on â€˜Animals - Companions not Puppetsâ€™.
Jake said: â€œNow that I know that people have recognised this (social media) as an issue it gives me more confidence to speak about it in public.â€
He added: â€œI definitely want public speaking to be a part of my future. By doing public speaking it shows that you have a voice regardless of who you are or where you are from.
â€œThe Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge gives people an equal opportunity to speak about key issues that they feel passionate about.â€
West Hatch High Schoolâ€™s Head of Performing Arts, Sue Pavelkova, said: â€œThe training day is always very important because it gives the students confidence and helps them structure their already very creative ideas and issues.â€
She added: â€œWhat the Jack Petchey Foundation does for schools is just fantastic.â€