Kat Confirmed National Winner

Published 24 April

Last term, we reported that Kat (12E4) was through to the National Finals of the St John Ambulance National Youth Public Speaking Competition 2023. Any young person within St John Ambulance could enter the competition. The National Finals of the competition were hosted in the West Midlands and we are proud to announce that Kat was the National Winner 2023! Kat told us more about the experience…

“At the end of March, I had the finals of the National Youth Public Speaking Competition. After months of prep, mock speeches, workshops, presentations and mentoring, the residential weekend, held in Birmingham, was incredible!

I gave two speeches- the first was a group speech on a topic that needs to be changed or added to the national curriculum, so my group and I spoke about poverty and mental health. For my individual speech, I spoke about neurodiversity awareness- specifically ADHD paralysis and executive dysfunctioning.

After an incredibly stressful day, three awards were given: best group pitch, best individual speech, and the overall winner for 2023, all of which were presented by the Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Sir John Crabtree. It was such an incredible opportunity and I’m so proud of all the other finalists. Everyone did so well throughout the competition, and I’m so thankful for the mentoring team for supporting us so well.”

What a fantastic achievement. Well done Kat!