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2020 ACS Public Speaking

The Power of Listening

The 2020 ACS Public Speaking event was held online with 13 participants from our member schools in the junior, intermediate and senior sections. We congratulate all participants in what the adjudicators from the Debaters Association of Victoria (DAV) described as an exceptionally high calibre of presentations. 

The diverse range of topics covered key issues such as “in school solutions for improving teen mental health” to “why we need more female leaders” to “islamophobia and the media” and everything in between. Well done to all students who were required to speak to a screen rather than an auditorium full of people but did an outstanding job of conveying the heart of their speech, with a little humour along the way.

Thank you to the DAV for making the event possible by hosting it online on behalf of the ACS.

Please see the table below for the top 3 placed participants in each section. Congratulations.

Junior Section
1st – Richie
St Leonard’s
The power of listening
2nd – Elsie
In school solutions for improving teen mental health
3rd – Seth
Intermediate Section
1st – Mairead
St Michael’s
We are not listening (closing the gap)
2nd – Will
St Leonard’s
Why the Australian media and public should give more attention and aid to the humanitarian crisis in Yemen
3rd – Estelle
What about the positives
Senior Section
1st – Anica
St Michael’s
The COVID-19 economic recovery scheme is the best way forward for Australia in keeping warming below 1.5 degrees
2nd – Isabella
Why we need more female leaders
3rd – Anthea
Everything has been discovered