Grand Final 2013 - Monday 1st July 2013
This year's Grand Final will be held on Monday 1st July at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. Our panel of judges will select 15 speakers from our 37 Regional Champions and they will speak out in front of an audience of 900! Judges from all walks of life will then have the very tricky job of picking an overall "Speak Out" Challenge Champion for 2013 who will win a prize valued at £5000.
For tickets to the event, please follow this link: http://speakoutchallenge2013.eventbrite.com
Grand Final 2012 - Monday 2nd July 2012
The Grand Final was the climax to the 2011-12 project. In front of an audience of nearly 900, Marcello Harle-Cowan from Oaks Park High School in Redbridge was crowned the 2012 "Speak Out" Challenge Champion 2012! Marcello's speech inspired by his best friend saw him take the prize of £3000 for his school and a £2000 cash bond for himself.
Runner-up was Lorcan Moullier from The Elmgreen School, Lambeth whose witty speech about Justin Bieber won him a cheque for £250.
Third place went to Sara Ahmed from The Plashet School, Newham with a speech entitled 'What did we achieve' with respect to the London riots in 2011.
For photos of the evening, follow this link http://www.speakoutchallenge.com/photodisplay.php?pg=121
The Grand Final 2013 will be held on Monday 1st July 2013 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 0EH
2011 Gala Grand Final - Friday 8th July 2011
The highlight of the year, the Jack Petchey "Speak Out" Challenge Gala Grand Final, was held on Friday 8th July 2011 at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London.
The crown went to Najae Hackett
from City of London Academy in Southwark with his entertaining and insightful speech on 'Sleep – our secret weapon. Along with his title of "Speak Out" Champion 2011, Najae won a cash bond of £2000
for himself PLUS £3000
for his school.
Runner-up this year was Megan Cass
from St Philomenas School in Sutton talking about 'Frankly my dear...'. Megan took home a cheque for £250
Third place went to Joel Oyelese
from Westcliff High School for Boys, Essex. Joels speech on Show Compassion won him a cheque for £150
. Nathan Nwachukwu
came fourth and received a cheque for £100
. Nathan, from Chafford School in Havering, spoke with wit and intelligence on I am an onion - a speech about being mixed race.
The evening was a huge success, summed up by a comment from the Head Judge, The Right Honourable John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons: "This event is a tribute to Jack Petchey who for the last ten years, through his Foundation, has been providing opportunities and betterment to young people across London and Essex. The speakers have been quite outstanding and it was extremely difficult reaching a decision. The range of topics was broad and well conceived. This has been a stellar performance, an uplifting experience and the challenge deserves to get bigger."
To read about the final from a judge's point of view, follow this link for a entertaining blog from Grand Final Judge Jeremy Nicholas: http://www.iaindale.com/posts/when-sleep-talks