team through to next round of BPW Public Speaking Competition

Thursday November 23, 2017

Concord’s senior public speaking team is through to the next round of the Business and Professional Women’s (BPW) annual public speaking competition. One member of the team, Onyinye Enwereji, has represented Concord in the competition before when she stepped into last year’s team as a late replacement in the role of expresser of thanks. Concord entered two teams into the first round of the public speaking competition with Onyinye, Chloe Young (chair) and Alisar Tabet, (speaker) successful in going through. The topic for the winning Concord team was ‘The Epidemic of Invisibility’ which looked at how women are represented and misrepresented in the movies.  This also included the effect that has on women and young girls in society as a whole. Onyinye, Chloe and Alisar each described the topic as ‘highly challenging’ having decided to chose a difficult subject for the team to present in the first round of the competition. Said their mentor Ms Sacha Lake who is a Concord English teacher:  "Getting through to the next round is really exciting for the team, especially as Alisar's speech is so topical at the moment. The girls have worked really hard and this is a well deserved achievement." Onyinye, who is in her final year at Concord, is studying English Language, English Literature, history and maths at A level. Chloe, who is in her fourth year at Concord, is studying English, economics, geography and music, whilst Alisar, who is also in her fourth year at the college, is taking mathematics, further mathematics, physics, English and music. Alisar added:  “It was most interesting to hear other speakers and chairs from the other four teams, including the second Concord team, who were very impressive.” The winning Concord team is now waiting to hear the date and venue for the next round of the competition which will be in 2018.