Speaking up pays off for Hyun-Sun
Student Hyun-Sun Roh has discovered that speaking up has its benefits.
The St Cuthbert’s College prefect was awarded a National Public Speaking and Communication scholarship after passing her grade six Speech New Zealand examinations with flying colours.
It’s is a huge leap from where she began four years ago.
The 16-year-old says she started speech tuition to help overcome her shyness as a new migrant from Korea.
“It started to help me speak up and improve my speaking. I’ve become more articulate and I am much more comfortable now speaking.”
She is currently working on being selected for July’s Chemistry Olympiad in Cambridge and hopes to study medicine in the future.
Preparation for her October speech examinations started at the beginning of last year.
“It’s quite fun learning about pub- lic speaking and researching topics and speaking about them. This award was really unexpected though. It’s just something I do for fun and to improve myself.”
For the exams Hyun-Sun presented a five-minute speech about why people should vote for newly elected United States president Barack Obama, which was described by judges as current, convincing and persuasive.
Judges also called her three-minute tribute speech to the producer of St Cuthbert’s school production, Thoroughly Modern Milly, stunning and impressive.
Claire March, chairwoman of Speech New Zealand’s board of trustees, says the standard of work achieved by Hyun-Sun and the other nine scholarship recipients is outstanding.
“More than 6000 students participate in the examinations every year. The scholarship recipients all displayed excellent skills in oral communication which will benefit them for their whole life and in any career path they may follow.”
Talking head: St Cuthbert’s College prefect Hyun-Sun Roh has received one of 10 awards by Speech New Zealand for outstanding performance.