National finals place for student speakers

English Martyrs School and Sixth Form pupils (left to right) Teri Goddard, Nikita Nighoskar and Isaac Duffy with their teacher Louise Cordon
English Martyrs School and Sixth Form pupils (left to right) Teri Goddard, Nikita Nighoskar and Isaac Duffy with their teacher Louise Cordon

WELL-spoken students are on their way to the finals of a national competition after impressing in regional rounds.

Students from English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College will take on competition from around the country at the Rotary Club National Public Speaking finals in Surrey after winning their group at the regional finals held in Scotland last week.

Martyrs pupils Teri Goddard, Isaac Duffy and Nikita Nighoskar beat off competition with their speech, titled Make-up Massacre, discussing the reasons why cosmetics should not be tested on animals.

The group took first place in the intermediate section for pupils aged 11-14 in Paisley, and will now go on to compete in the finals in Cranleigh.

Each person in the team took on an individual role within the group.

Isaac, the group’s chairman, opened proceedings, Teri did the speech and Nikita offered the thanks at the end.

Isaac said: “I really enjoyed the time we spent in Paisley for the competition and spending time with my friends and teachers.

“It did not just build my confidence, but improved my English skills too.”

Louise Cordon, an English teacher at Martyrs who has worked with the team since September, said: “I feel honoured and privileged to have been part of the students’ success and wish them the best of luck at the national final.”

The trio will now go on to compete in the national final at Cranleigh School in Cranleigh, Surrey, on Sunday, May 1.