Speak­ing up pays off for Hyun-Sun

Central Leader - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

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.”

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Talk­ing head: St Cuth­bert’s Col­lege pre­fect Hyun-Sun Roh has re­ceived one of 10 awards by Speech New Zealand for out­stand­ing per­for­mance.

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