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  • Date: 6-02-2019, 19:08
6-02-2019, 19:08

Feedback of the Participant of the NPSC 2019

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Don’t miss the opportunity to develop yourself!

   I had a great opportunity to take part in the National Public Speaking Competition 2019, which was held on February, 2 at America House, Kyiv. This year there were 14 participants – university and school students from different regions of Ukraine, who competed to represent our country in London in May. In Round 1 we made videos and streamed them on YouTube, where we spoke on the theme ‘Lie has speed, but truth has endurance’.

   The theme of the Semi-Final was ‘Nature is a common language’. I began preparing for the competition a few weeks in advance. My colleagues and me visited trainings by previous years’ participants – Helen Dzhus and Karyna Kovalchuk, where we got advice how to write our prepared speeches properly and get the audience`s attention. I decided to present not only the nature in general, but also express my ideas about human nature. I found the facts and the results of one experiment that confirm people to be double-faced and pretentious.

   When we were at America House, we made an acquaintance with the Question team, the members of the jury and other participants. Each of us presented the theme in the way we saw it, answered all the questions. To my mind it was a marvelous chance to get experience, analyze the participants` ideas, make acquaintance with new people not only from Ukraine, but from all over the world, enrich you vocabulary and share experiences.

For the Final the jury chose 5 best students, where they delivered impromptu speeches. They had only 10 minutes for making some notes and getting their thoughts together after they got the title of the speech. On the screen the audience could see how the rivals were preparing for their speeches in another room. After listening to all the finalists, there was a short break, during which the jury chose the winner, the best speaker according to the audience choice and the runner-up.

   Both the winner and the best speaker to the audience choice of the NPSC is Yelyzaveta Kompaniiets, a pupil of the 11 form from Pedagogical Lyceum, Kropyvnytskyi. And the runner-up is Oleksiy Chaikovskyi, a student from Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman.

All the participants received a Certificate of Honour for their outstanding performances and the winners of the NPSC were given some prizes from America House and Dr. Nadiya Ivanenko, the Chairman of the ESU Ukraine, and Dr Larysa Yarova, Steering Committee member.

   After the competition we took photographs and selfies with other participants, the members of the jury and the Question team to catch that great time we spent at America House.

   As for me, I participated in the NPSC for the first time. And my only mistake is that I didn`t do it in previous years. I had an opportunity, but I missed it.

Dear students and pupils, I want to give you advice. Don`t hesitate and take part in the NPSC. It is really a good chance to develop yourself, overcome the fear to speak in public and get to know new people.

   I am grateful to America House for hosting and providing such a great atmosphere during the competition; the ESU Ukraine – for giving a chance to students and pupils to speak in public and make progress in learning English; the jury and the Question team – for being attentive listeners and asking precise questions, the audience for being the most powerful support for the participants and of course, the participants not for fearing to take part and express the ideas on prepared and impromptu speeches.


Nadiia Veselovska

Participant of the NPSC 2019

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