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MacLachlan College teacher and students at IISPSC 2019

International Public Speaking Success in Boston

Students Rory, Ahmad and Neha proudly represented MacLachlan College at the annual International Independent Schools Public Speaking Competition held this year at Buckingham Browne and Nichols School in Boston. MacLachlan College students at IISPSC 2019

The competition drew 150 students from 45 schools and 8 countries to compete across nine different public speaking events: cross-examination debate, interpretive reading, dramatic interpretation, persuasive speaking, after dinner speaking, extemporaneous speaking, impromptu speaking, radio newscast, and parliamentary debate. It is a rigorous event that draws the best young public speakers in the world and which students prepare for months in advance. MacLachlan College students at IISPSC 2019

Rory Keogh competed in cross-examination debate, after dinner speaking and parliamentary debate; Ahmad competed in cross-examination debate, impromptu speaking and parliamentary debate; and Neha competed in interpretive reading, persuasive speaking, and radio newscast. The competition consists of two rounds with all competitors and a final round where the lead students are invited to vie against each for the top spots. Rory distinguished himself by making it to the final round in both after-dinner speaking and parliamentary debate, finishing 5th in after dinner and 15th in parliamentary debate.

All students had outstanding rounds with marks over the 90% level. Beyond the marks and the rankings, students felt that the experience was well worth the preparation and nerves. New friendships were made, old friendships rekindled and they all felt the visceral power of speech to awaken the humanity in us all. Crowd at IISPSC 2019

In addition to the competition, students toured Harvard University and visited the Boston Museum of Fine Arts along with Quincy Market. The special highlight was going to the TD Centre to see the Bruins face-off against the Ottawa Senators. Wow!

Rory Keogh summed up the experience by saying, “I can’t think of a better way to develop leadership than to learn how to speak effectively in front of people.”

The 2020 competition will be held at Mulgrave School in Vancouver and in exciting news, MacLachlan’s spot to host the tournament is on the horizon for the fall of 2026!

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