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The English-Speaking Union Chile 

Windsor School shine at the Southern Public Speaking Competition

Twenty-five high-school students from 15 schools from the south of Chile met on October 6th at the magnificent Windsor School in Valdivia for the 8th edition of the Southern Public Speaking Competition.

 

The theme for the day, “Try and fail, but never fail to try”, produced some inspirational speeches in the morning heats, with the students given five minutes to inspire, convince and win over the judges. The speeches were followed by a round of questions, testing the speakers’ ability to think on their feet.

 

This is the eighth time that the SPSC has been hosted by Windsor School, thanks to the tireless efforts of the school’s Head of English, Cindy Cifuentes, as well as her team. The competition has gone from strength to strength, producing two winners of Chile’s national public speaking competition along the way. In fact, former winner Sebastian Hood was on hand to judge in the morning session and share his experience of traveling to London for the IPSC.

 

After much deliberation, six speakers were chosen from the two heats to go on to the semi-finals, where they would have to deliver a three-minute impromptu speech, mirroring the ESU’s IPSC format. The impromptu speeches ranged from the thought-provoking to the rib-tickling, as the speakers looked to demonstrate their ability to engage with their audience.

 

Three of the semi-finalists were then selected to move on to the finals, where they reproduced their prepared speech in front of an excitable crowd. In the end, it was the host school who took the plaudits as star student Antonia Maldonado was chosen as the winner after her inspiring speech “Just nine words”. 

 

Antonia will now go on to represent her region at the National Public Speaking Competition, which will be held in Santiago in April. Huge thanks go to all those involved in the organization of this wonderful event, and particularly to Cindy for her role in helping to grow ESU Chile’s base in the South.

October 5th, 2017