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Jack Petchey prizes for Redbridge’s inspiring young speakers

PUBLISHED: 13:42 27 May 2016 | UPDATED: 09:34 31 May 2016

From left to right, Raphina Williams, Leanne Mohamad, London Fire Brigade borough commander Steve Brown and Usama Shazad. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation

From left to right, Raphina Williams, Leanne Mohamad, London Fire Brigade borough commander Steve Brown and Usama Shazad. Picture: Jack Petchey Foundation

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A young public speaker has bagged a top prize after delivering a speech.

Wanstead High School pupil Leanne Mohamad, 15, came out on top in the Jack Petchey Foundation’s Speak Out Challenge Redbridge regional final at Isaac Newton Academy, Cricklefield Place, Ilford.

Leanne impressed judges with her winning speech Birds Not Bombs fighting off competition from 18 other young speakers from schools in the borough.

Speaking of her win, she said: “[It was] such an amazing experience. I’m a better person as a result of the Speak Out challenge.”

Second place went to Usama Shazad, 15, of Loxford School, with his speech My Ability with Disability. Do I Really Care? and third place went to Raphina Williams, 15, of Ursuline Academy, Morland Road, Ilford, with Could You Do That?

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