Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge Winner

Sara Benaim.
The Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge, arguably a highlight of the Year 10 Hasmonean English calendar, was held in Whitefield School and featured students from all over Barnet. It was judged by a panel of experts from the communication and public speaking fields, including representatives from local government and BAFTA. Hasmonean Girls, coached by Pippa Jacobson have convincingly won this prestigious competition at regional and national levels. After an engaging evening, full of inspirational public speaking, Sara Benaim’s powerful, enigmatic and dramatically delivered speech on phone addiction was rewarded by her well-deserved victory. “I was never in any doubt that Sara’s talents would be recognised and lead to her winning this award.’ said Miss Cunningham, Sara’s English teacher. Sara was presented with a prize and a certificate of recognition for her win and will now go through for a possible place in the Grand Final as our regional representative. Sara has shown that public speaking is a real opportunity for our students to share their voices with the world and it was clear from the screams and cheers from the audience when she was announced as Barnet’s winner, that her win will inspire other young people to Speak Out!