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Feedback of the Semi-Finalist of the NPSC 2019

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You fail when you stop trying

  On February the second, America House in Kyiv kindly welcomed the semi-finalists of the National Public Speaking Competition organized by the English-Speaking Union Ukraine. That was an amazing possibility to make our thoughts heard, exchange ideas, meet soulmates and gain much experience.

Needless to say, that event consisted of two stages. First, 14 potential and talented semi-finalists from all over the country shared their prepared speeches on the topic ‘Nature is a common language’ and answered the provocative questions from the audience, judges and the Question team. Each speaker put all the experience and potential in the speech. To tell the truth, I was amazed by their talent, ideas that were shared to make this world better. The second stage was the final: 5 participants were chosen to present impromptu speeches. All the finalists did a great job and did their best.

 The judges finally announced Yelyzaveta Kompaniiets as the winner of NPSC 2019 and as the audience choice. And Oleksii Chaikovskyi became the runner-up of the competition.

Feedback of the Semi-Finalist of the NPSC 2019

 

    Now I’d like to share my motivation that drove me while being in the center of attention.

Public action isn’t an easy thing, right? Some people wish to avoid any of such actions, but not me and other competitors of the National Public Speaking Competition. 

I remember my first time standing out there in front of the full public. My palms were sweating; my thoughts were confused but my mom smiled proudly. That made me believe that was the time to share my ideas. However, it’s the second chance to compete, my excitement was strong. Now I believe everyone can do that. Are you afraid of speaking publicly? Do it. Are you not sure the audience shares your ideas? Do it. Are you afraid of being ashamed? Anyway do it and do it twice or till you win. That’s my motto.

    Every speaker showed its own world of imagination and arguments. We did it provocatively, funny and presented outstanding performances. Some believe that the winner can be the only one, but I do not agree. Everyone is the winner because we won our greatest fears. After the performance we gained much experience as well as friends. 

I was so lucky to have a chance to be in America house and enjoy this special cozy atmosphere. I want to say thanks to all who organize this amazing possibility for young generation. Everyone who was the part of this event, thank you, because you made our thoughts and ideas heard.

   If you hesitate about doing anything, don’t think at all. You must act. That’s the point of our confidence and achieving any success. Being a part of NPSC made me stronger, more confident and I feel that after such exciting event I can perform in front of the whole world.

  

Kamila Kulieva

Semi-Finalist of the NPSC 2019 

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Feedback of the Winner of the NPSC 2019

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An opportunity to demonstrate our talents

 

            My acquaintance with the National Public Speaking Competition started when my teacher Yuliia Myckolaivna Vereshchak told me about this competition and encouraged me to participate in it. To be completely honest, it was scared and so out of my comfort zone, yet, these were the reasons why I agreed to compete.

            The topic of my first speech, which was filmed at home by me, was ‘The Lie Has Speed, but Truth Has Endurance’. At first, I was completely lost because this topic was so vast, and I didn't want to be repetitive. Therefore, my first piece of advice is, when you have a text to write, you should sit down and brainstorm the ideas and only then start writing your text on the basis of your notes.

Feedback of the Winner of the NPSC 2019

 

            After being accepted to the Semi-final, I was super happy but at the same time, I was afraid because I'm just a high school student and public speaking is definitely not my cup of tea. The topic for the prepared speech for the Semi-final was ‘Nature is a common language’. First few weeks I didn't know what I wanted to write about at all. I wanted my speech to be educational but also understandable for everyone. After brainstorming, I wrote the text. But that wasn't a final stage. I re-wrote it several times in order for it to be perfect. Another advice I would give to anyone, who is preparing to speak to the public, is to present your speech to everyone in your house. I read my speech to my grandparents, who didn't understand a word, and I also read it to my relatives, who could speak English. The point is that you can prepare in that way to the real presentation. I also went to the training, held by Karina Kovalchuk, former National Public Speaking Competition finalist, and that training helped me immensely. I heard a lot about previous competitions and Karina gave us much advice, which frankly, helped me a lot.

Feedback of the Winner of the NPSC 2019

 

            So, I took the train to Kyiv and stressed out the whole Friday about the competition. Finally, Saturday came, and I was as relaxed as I could. I didn't revise my text much on Friday because I knew that I did my best and knew it perfectly. Upon coming to America House, the venue for the competition, my anxiety returned into the full force. However, the atmosphere and people in America House were so friendly that I immediately felt relaxed and talked to others. I immediately became friends with other participants and we encouraged each other. I wished to be the first one to present my speech for then I would not be anxious the entire presentation. Unfortunately, I was at the end. Since I saw how other competitors came on stage and presented their speeches well, I felt terribly nervous. When my name was called out, I went to the stage and blacked out. I honestly don't remember any moment of my prepared speech. I was that much nervous. Yet, even in that situation, I tried to do my best to connect with the audience. I mentally divided the room into four parts, and I chose one person in each section to focus on. My presentation went horrible, I thought.

            On the break after my speech, the woman Sophie came to me and told me she liked my speech. That was a boost for me and an example for my impromptu speech, the topic of which was "What is the best motivator to succeed?". When preparing for the impromptu speech, you only have 10 minutes, you should only write points, not complete sentences. After my impromptu speech, there was another break when I talked to a lot of people. Personally, I consider myself an introvert but considering how much I talked on Saturday and how many conversations I started with amazing and talented people there, I could say for sure that I'm an ambivert. It was so easily talking to everyone in the room, even the people you don't know. You could also easily come up to any of the judges or question team and ask them what they thought about your speech and what mistake you made and how you can improve your speaking skills. Honestly, for me, it was super interesting to hear the critique because I believe there's always room to grow.  Or you can simply talk about nothing and make jokes. I made a lot of jokes that day.

            When the winner was announced, I was in shock. I was 100% sure that the winner would be someone else, not me. It is still hard to believe that the audience and the judges chose me to represent Ukraine at the International Public Speaking Competition 2019. Yet, I don't think that Saturday was mainly about my win. I liked being in this friendly atmosphere and I felt as if I was at home, talking to a bunch of old friends. There wasn't any pressure and there wasn't any competing between other contestants. There was only support from the judges, question team, other competitors and audience. I think that it is a useful experience for me and for everyone, who has ever participated or want to do it, and I'm super thankful to English Speaking Union for giving us an opportunity to demonstrate our talents and to try ourselves in something new.

Yelyzaveta Kompaniiets,

Winner of the NPSC 2019

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National Public Speaking Competition 2019

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       The National Public Speaking Competition is annually organized by the English-Speaking Union Ukraine. This year the Semi-Final and the Final of the NPSC 2019 was held on Saturday, 2 February, 2019 at America House, Kyiv. This is the fourth time the competition is hosted by America House. We all highly appreciate the opportunity to hold it in such an amazing venue.

National Public Speaking Competition 2019

 

       PSC is one of the English-Speaking Union most successful and far-reaching programmes. It reaches over 50,000 young people in more than 60 countries across the globe and gives young people practical experience in the fundamental skills of public speaking and it provides them with a platform to express their views about the world and their dreams for the future.

       This year 14 semi-finalists, university and school students from all over Ukraine aged between 16 - 20, competed to represent our country in the International Public Speaking Competition in London in May 2019. These gifted young people made great efforts to proceed to the Semi-Final.

The theme for this year Semi-Final Competition is ‘Nature is a common language’. In 5 minutes the speakers interpreted the theme in any way they saw it, but they were not allowed to use it as the title of the speech. Every presentation was inspiring, emotional and persuasive and the understanding of the topic was unique and creative. Each speech was followed by the questions from the members of the Question team, audience and the judging panel.

     The speeches were assessed by honourable adjudicators, who were:

  1. James Wittingham, Program and Development Associate at IREX in Ukraine;
  2. Dr Christine Nugent, Fulbright Fellow working in the area of education reform in Ukraine;
  3. Mackenzie Chang - a native southern Californian Peace corps English teacher in Ispas, Ukraine ;
  4. Elizabeth Fawcett, an English teacher at London School of English, Kyiv;
  5. Dr Larysa Yarova, ESU Ukraine Steering Committee member, Head of Translation, Applied and General Linguistics Department at CUSPU.

   National Public Speaking Competition 2019

 

     The Question team consisted of the previous year winners of NPSC: Anastasiia Rohova, Vlad Danyleiko, Kateryna Ilchenko and Milaniia Yurah.

     Five best speakers proceeded to the Final where they delivered impromptu speeches. They chose their topics 10 minutes in advance of giving their speech and were allocated 2-3 minutes to deliver it. Due to the fantastic technical support of America House, everyone could see on the screen how the contestants were preparing for their impromptu speeches in another room.

     After all the impromptu presentations the judges named the winner Yelyzaveta Kompaniiets, a pupil of the 11 form from Pedagogical Lyceum, Kropyvnytskyi, who also appeared to be the best speaker according to the audience choice. The runner up was Oleksiy Chaikovskyi, a student from Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman.

     All participants received a Certificate of Honour in recognition for their outstanding performances. Dr. Nadiya Ivanenko, the Chairman of the ESU Ukraine, and Dr Larysa Yarova, Steering Committee member, awarded the winners with the prizes from the ESU Ukraine. They also received some prizes from America House.

    On behalf of the ESU Ukraine community, I’d like to thank every participant for making the competition such a successful event. I’d like to thank all the finalists for their amazing and inspirational speeches and wonderful performances. It has been a fantastic day full of sharing, commitment and generating new ideas.

   I am very grateful to America House for hosting and providing such a wonderful venue for the competition. I’d like to thank all America House team and its director Christi Holland for their kind assistance.

    My special thanks go to the jury and question team who have done a great job. And finally thank you everyone, participants, guests, parents and friends, who came to that great venue and through active listening and questioning contributed much to the success of the competition.

 

Dr Nadiya Ivanenko,

Chairman of the ESU Ukraine

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The Upcoming Event

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The English-Speaking Union Ukraine

 

is delighted to invite you to attend

the National Public Speaking Competition,

held on Saturday, 2 February, 2019

from 10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in America House,

6 Mykoly Pymonenka Street, Kyiv.

 

The winner of the competition will represent Ukraine at the International Public Speaking Competition in May 2019 in London.

 

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Trainings for NPSC

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The English-Speaking Union Ukraine

is pleased to invite all the semi-finalists of the

National Public Speaking Competition 2019

to  

 

TRAININGS

ON PREPARED AND IMPROMPTU SPEECHES 
Coach - Karyna Kovalchuk

 

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Room 706 at 11.10

 

 

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Trainings for NPSC

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The English-Speaking Union Ukraine

is pleased to invite all the semi-finalists of the

National Public Speaking Competition 2019

to  

 

TRAININGS

ON PREPARED AND IMPROMPTU SPEECHES 

 

Thursday, 10 January 2019

Room 611 at 10.30

 

Friday, 11 January 2019

Room 611 at 10.00

 

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SHARING THE EXPERIENCE

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    As a part of the international ESU network, the English-Speaking Union Ukraine focuses on promoting the increase of international understanding, global awareness and friendship through the use of the English language.

SHARING THE EXPERIENCE

    One of the events of December 2018 was a series of meetings with high-school students. Kropyvnytskyi Scientific Lyceum welcomed the winners and semi-finalists of Public Speaking Competition 2018 (Karina Kovalchuk), Ukrainian-Polish-German Educational SeminarLearning From History: Discrimination 2018” (Olena Zabedilina, Kateryna Berezhnytska, Anastasiia Petrova) and Shakespeare Competition 2018 (Olena Dzhus).

SHARING THE EXPERIENCE

 

    The meeting was aimed at sharing the experience of participation in the abovementioned events as well as exchanging views on the importance of public speaking skills and the forms of discrimination we experience in contemporary society. Through sharing their personal impressions students demonstrated their high concern of common social issues and their eagerness to make the input in building cultural and educational links within their country and worldwide.

SHARING THE EXPERIENCE

 

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The semi-finalists of the National Public Speaking Competition 2019

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We are delighted to announce the semi-finalists of the National Public Speaking Competition 2019, who will take part in the Final Stage of the Competition!

List of Semi-Finalists 2019

(random order)

 

1.    Iryna Dubova 

2.    Oleksii Chaikovskyi

3.    Kateryna Horban 

4.    Margarita Kniazeva

5.    Daria Puchnina   

6.    Kamila Kuliyeva Jadihar kyzy

7.    Anna Shestopal 

8.    Olexandra Salnikova  

9.    Boris Lyshchuk  

10. Kateryna Poltavets 

11. Anna Potapchuk  

12. Nadia Veselovska  

13. Marta  Volovodivska

14. Tetiana Yevtushenko  

15. Yelyzaveta Kompaniiets

16. Tymophy Vasheka 

17. Anastasiia Salova 

 

 

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Learning from History: Discrimination

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Ukrainian-Polish-German Educational Seminar

“Learning from History: Discrimination”

November 22-29, 2018, Oswiecim, Poland

(As seen by the Ukrainian Participants)

Learning from History: Discrimination

  

     Anastasiia Petrova: When I firstly heard about the seminar and decided that I would definitely take part in it, I learnt about the main requirement for the potential participants. The task was to prepare a speech on the topic of discrimination and represent it to the panel. I started to prepare, I was searching for the information about implementation of discrimination in the past, lots of historical events, but then I decided that it would be quite boring and prepared my own point of view on this topic. And it actually worked, because after the delivering my speech to the panel I found my name in the list of participants. Then I and all other participants had several meetings with Vickie Nailing, who was the member of the panel during our speech representations. She gave us very important comments on our speeches. She emphasized strong points of our speeches and points that should be improved. In addition, she gave us also advices how to improve our ability to express our point of view. Being a USA citizen, she shared information about past and contemporary situations of discrimination in the USA with us and we shared information about Ukrainian situation of discrimination. Vickie Nailing invited her friends who work with international students at Donetsk National Medical University to the one of our meetings. They told us about the life of international students, difficulties and kinds of discrimination, which they face in our city. It was very important and useful for us, because we realized that even our own society is not perfect.

Learning from History: Discrimination

 

Karina Kovalchuk: We arrived at IYMC, an educational institution with the campus between the center of the Polish city of Oświęcim  and the former German concentration camp of Auschwitz  on November 22 very early in the morning. Being led by the organizer of the seminar Nataliia Tkachenko we got a chance to look around the main building as well as the houses to live for the next eight days. The atmosphere of the place was educationally inspiring and cozy; we had the rooms for study and for the recreation too as cafeteria and the open space to have a meeting with all other students to play pin pong. Though we were tired after a long time driving we saved some energy for the evening meeting with all members of the group. The first time seeing all the participants of the seminar was impressing as we got new Polish and German friends to exchange the opinions with.

Learning from History: Discrimination 

 

Kateryna Berezhnytska: Friday morning came and the weather agreed so well with the trip we were going to take. It was the first day of our excursion to Aushwitz-Birkenau Museum Complex, which I had heard so much about, anticipated and dreaded at the same time. You learn history, watch movies, read books, research into the topic of discrimination, think you know so much about all the horrors of discrimination, Nazis, Jews issue, and when you stop before the ill-famous metallic sign “Arbeit Macht Frei”, you hold your breath. The air is still, there is no sun shine, people never talk loud or laugh here. Because it is a big cemetery, where people’s lives had been taken away ruthlessly, in great numbers, with tortures, just for some specific reason a group of people crazily devised. Every square meter, every brick, every cobble stone of the complex preserves its terrifying story… You look at the pictures, at the things which once belonged to different people, notice how various the shoe models once were, how shapeless the camp uniform was, how mercilessly short the time for basic human needs was… and you ask the guide questions, which even if answered don’t give you the comprehension of the horrendous atrocities one group of people could commit.

I look at my friends, at other visitors, and I am glad to see not a single indifferent face. This place is horrible, but it teaches us a god lesson of history. The inscription on the wall says “Those, who don’t remember their past, are condemned to repeat”. The lesson is too dear, but it will cry out for centuries ahead.

Olena Zabiedilina: Oświęcim is almost always associated with concentration camps. But we had an opportunity to see it from another side. Once a typical European town with a market square, cathedrals, synagogues and a castle, nowadays it can boast of new housing complexes and large buildings which are developing around the city. A lot of places are decorated with street art, which appeared from the initiative of Life Festival organizers and participants. It is an entertainment music festival held since 2010 in Oświęcim. This annual event is organized at the end of June. Important elements of Life Festival Oświęcim are: a world peace message, building peaceful relations, combating racism and anti-Semitism, and all of this is conveyed through performing art. When you walk around this town now it seems very cosy and charming with its narrow streets and beautiful houses.

Learning from History: Discrimination

 

Olena Dzhus: the conclusion of our stay was a poster workshop, conducted by a professional designer from Krakow, Eva Natkanich. When it started, many of us felt a little confused, as we did not associate ourselves with such kind of activity in any way. But step by step, hour after hour, through demonstrations and discussions, we got so much involved in the task of producing a series of anti-discrimination posters, that our lunch break seemed to come out of the blue, and no one seemed to be willing to make a break. Some of us had moments of complete disappointment and frustration, and our highly professional supervisor only added to the heated atmosphere of the seminar room with her comments and remarks. Well, after a day and a half we did it! Each of us produced two or more posters on the topics previously discussed. Very minimalistic and at the same with so much effort put into them here they were – our masterpieces – all proudly exhibited in the hall of IYMC. And that was not all. Each of us had to tell to the audience what was our idea behind the image. Pani Eva was beaming with satisfaction, as she put at stake our lack of skills and experience, but in the end was generously rewarded for it by the appreciation of the guests of our “exhibition”.

Yaroslava Liovochkina: Despite the busy schedule of the seminar, we had a great deal of fun. As the center is called Youth Center, many groups there consist of young people from different countries. We spent great time mixing with them. We will keep in touch with our new Polish, German and Canadian friends.

The day before the departure we had the possibility to get closer to the soul of the most vibrant cities of Poland which is called Krakow. There we felt the atmosphere of the upcoming Christmas and browsed around a lot of historical places. Having taken a lot of pictures and having bought a lot of presents to be brought to Ukraine, we came back to Oswiecim to open the poster exhibition.

 What we learned about atrocities of Nazis in Auschwitz-Birkenau, made many of us cry, spend sleepless nights wondering what seeds such crazy ideas into the heads of some people to start mass killing of those they choose to be scapegoats…Yet, many questions stay without answers. It means, after coming back home we feel responsible for sharing our knowledge with friends, colleagues, fellow students. Maybe, together we will always remember that all people are created equal and we all have the right to be, to feel, to love and to like…

 

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