Clarendon pupils talk their way to world championships

Three Clarendon pupils have been selected chosen to take part in the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championships (WIDPSC) to be held in 2019.

Julia Nhawu, Okuhle Mpepo, and Naledi Mohale will represent SA, along with 11 other pupils  from around the country, in Toronto, Canada, from April 11 to 17 2019.

In addition to making the national team, Nhawu claimed first place overall, with Mpepo coming in fourth and Mohale in 11th place.

Pupils were chosen based on their performance in the National Individual Public Speaking Championships (NIDPSC), which were held at Merrifield Preparatory School and College earlier this month.

As the GO! & Express previously reported (“Merrifield hosts debate”, October 4), the NIDPSC took place from Friday September 28 to Tuesday October 2 and saw participating pupils  involved in different public speaking styles, from team debates to after-dinner speeches.

“Clarendon Girls’ High School is extremely proud of Julia, Okuhle and Naledi. Their dedication to debating and public speaking is without measure. These girls are truly Clarendon ambassadors,” said Clarendon head of debating, Helen Smit.

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