Two state public speaking champions

On Sunday 7 August the Debaters Association of Victoria’s Senior Public Speaking competition was held at St Kevin’s College. St Leonard’s College was represented by three students: Lachlan Peter (year 12), Juliette Capomolla (year 10) and Callum Ferguson (year 10). They participated in a range of public speaking events, competing against students from over 25 other schools from across Victoria.

Impressively, two of our students left the day as champions, with Lachlan winning the year 12 division and Juliette placing first in the year 10 competition.

All three of our students performed extremely well against a very tough field of competitors. Lachlan and Juliette in particular were able to produce a series of brilliantly intelligent prepared and impromptu speeches, discussing everything from the link between drug prohibition and violent crime, to how gender binary imposes unconscious limitations on our capacity for self-actualisation, and technology’s role in creating an irresistible urge among some students to buy shoes online during class time.

Placing first in this competition recognises Lachlan and Juilette as being among the best school public speakers in Victoria and the College congratulates them on this remarkable achievement.