Representatives from 25 schools from across the country met at The Grange School on April 22nd to take part in the annual Public Speaking Competition.
With a place at the International Public Speaking Competition at stake, nerves were running high on the morning of the event. This year's theme was "To define is to limit", prompting a series of original and thought-provoking speeches, many of which focused on the role of education in defining and limiting individuals.
The 4 morning heats were closely contested by 50 students, with only 8 advancing to the impromptu semi-finals in the afternoon.Before the finalists were announced, however, the 100-strong audience were treated to a fascinating speech by guest speaker, former Finance Minister Carlos Cáceres, on the importance of the English language in his professional life.
Following a break for lunch, and as the semi-finalists prepared their impromptu speeches, the remaining participants took part in the first ever Battle of the Impromptus, where they had to deliver 1-minute speeches without any preparation. As always, the semi-finals challenged the speakers to think on their feet and show off their public speaking skills by talking for 3 minutes on a topic they had been told of only 15 minutes previously.
To end the day, the four best impromptu speakers from the semi-finals were selected to deliver their speech from the morning heats. After four fantastic speeches, it was the host school's Anya Edwards who was chosen by the panel of judges to represent Chile at next month's International Public Speaking Competition.
All in all it was another successful event for ESU Chile, with a huge array of talent on display throughout the day.