With the magnificent Teatro Municipal de Santiago as the venue for this year's competition, 55 participants from all over the country delivered a prepared speech on the theme 'A lie has speed, but truth has endurance'.
The event began on Friday afternoon, when the participants arrived at the theatre for an afternoon of workshops while their teachers enjoyed a reception at the Blue Jar Café and Restaurant.
This year, 6 former participants led the workshops, where the participants got to practice their impromptu speaking skills and learn some useful tips from the experts. This was followed by a workshop with professional actors to help them improve their body language and overall performance at the competition.
On Saturday, the competition started bright and early in the morning. The contestants were divided into 6 heats, with only 9 participants advancing to the semi-finals. The students' 5 minute-speeches were followed by a round of questions in which the participants had to show the judges their ability to think on their feet and engage critically with the theme.
After lunch, and before announcing the semifinalists, Senator Felipe Kast joined us to share his experience of learning English and speaking in public, with an honest and insightful speech. He also participated in a question and answer session, where the audience were treated to an insider's view of life as a Senator.
While the 9 semi-finalists prepared their impromptu speeches, the audience took part in a hotly-contested and often hilarious 'Battle of the Impromptus'. The winner of this section was Solomon Ayres from Santiago College.
Having delivered their impromptu speeches, the panel of expert judges then had the unenviable task of selecting just four finalists. The contestants then repeated their prepared speech from the morning, with the judges finally settling on a winner, who will go on to represent Chile at the International Public Competition Speaking Competition in London.
The winners of the Competitions were as follows: