Students take prizes in 12th ESU speaking competition

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Students take prizes in 12th ESU speaking competition


Winners of the 12th English-Speaking Union KOREA Public Speaking Competition gather Saturday at Ajou University in Suwon, Gyeonggi, with distinguished guests, including, from far left, Ryu Kwon-ha, executive editor of the Korea JoongAng Daily; Martin Tricaud, CEO and president of HSBC Korea; Jang Joong-soon, dean of the Graduate School of Ajou University; and Anthony Spaeth, the paper’s chief editor. Baek Soon-sun, a team leader at Korea Ginseng Corporation, stands fifth from right in the second row alongside Lee Bong-jae, the newspaper’s executive manager. [PARK SANG-MOON]

The final round of the 12th English-Speaking Union (ESU) KOREA Public Speaking Competition was held Saturday at Ajou University in Suwon, Gyeonggi. The final contestants, narrowed from a field of nearly 1,100, the highest in recent years, gave five-minute speeches prepared in English and answered questions from a panel of judges.

The Grand Prize, the contest’s highest honor, was given to four contestants - one each from the elementary lower-level, elementary higher-level, middle and high school divisions. Kim Han-bi from Kyonggi Elementary School, Park So-yeon from Youngdo Elementary School, Lee Myung-hyun from Cheongshim International Academy and Park Tae-hoon from Busan International High School took home top honors.

The lower-level elementary division was made up of students in the first to third grades, while the high-level elementary group comprised fourth- through sixth-graders.

The biannual contest, hosted by the Korea JoongAng Daily and the British Embassy, was sponsored this year by HSBC Korea, Ajou University and Korea Ginseng Corporation.

The Gold Prize went to Choi Ellena of Kyonggi Elementary School, Chun Dae-yeon of Seoul Jaedong Elementary School, Kim Na-ryeong of Korea International School and Song Ye-chan of Korea International School.

The Silver Prize went to Park Hyeon-seo of Shamyook Elementary School, Park Chae-yeon of Uchon Elementary School, Park Jong-eun of Keumlan Middle School and Park Yeohosua of Liberty University Online Academy.

The Bronze Prize went to Seo Eun-chae of Haewon Elementary School, Yoon Ye-ju of Baengma Elementary School, Lee Ju-hyun of Centum Middle School and Richard Shim Jo of Asia Pacific International School.

The Participation Prize was given to Jang Jun-ha of Youngin Hanbit Elementary School, Kim Sun-woo of Hanyang Elementary School, Park Seo-lynn of Woomyeon Elementary School, Lee Chae-min of KyungBok Elementary School, Cha Ji-un of Pungsan Elementary School, Hwang Yoon-ji of Jeongbal Elementary School, Lee Seo-jun of Sahmyook Middle School, Cho Hee-na of Croma Christian International School, Son Min-jae of Daejeon Oesam Middle School, Hyeon Chae-wun of Neulpureun High School, Kim Young-heon of Bugil Academy and Lee Ju-hyun of Dongbang High School.

Creative Prizes were awarded to Kim Kyu-won of Jingwan Elementary School, Lee Han-bi of Mirae Elementary School, Ko Da-hyun of Yangil Elementary School, Lee Chae-won of Wonchon Elementary School, Cha Jung-bin of Yangyoung Middle School, Oh Ga-eun of Changpo Middle School; Hong Arim of Changduk Girl’s High School and Nam Seo-yeon of Sangsan High School.

The Special Prize recipients were Seo Ye-won of Geumbit Elementary School, Ahn Se-one of Gyeseong Elementary School, Lee Yeong-ju of Sosabul Elementary School, Kim Hyeon-ji of Youngdo Elementary School, Han Ye-do of Sanghyeon Middle School, Cho Hye-jun of Wolchon Middle School, Song Yoon-jung of Busan International High School and Lee Seong-hee of Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies.

Park Tae-hoon, the Grand Prize winner in the high school division, will face Noh Shin-young from Korean Minjok Leadership Academy, the winner of the previous competition, to determine who will compete in the international ESU contest next year in London as the Korean representative.

For information about the contest, visit or contact 02-2031-1295 or 1223.

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