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Meet Grand Finalist Natan Breuer-Weil

12 Nov 2021

In 2020 Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! Grand Final took to the airwaves – for the first time ever we broadcast around the world from a London film studio via YouTube. All but a handful of last year’s finalists shared their messages at digital events rather than live on stage. But things have changed and we are thrilled that this year the Grand Final will return to its home in the heart of London’s West End, the Cambridge Theatre on Monday 29th November. The count down is on!

More than 20,000 year 10 students from state schools in London and Essex took part in the “Speak Out” Challenge! this academic year, just fifteen students have become 2021 Grand Finalists.

All of this year’s finalists are Digital Champions whose pre-recorded speeches were broadcast as Zoom webinars to an audience of friends, families, teachers, the finalists themselves and of course, a panel of esteemed judges.

In no particular order, meet Grand Finalist Natan Breuer-Weil!

His speech ‘Is big tech a force for good?’ earned him and his school, Hasmonean High School for Boys, Barnet, first place in his Digital Final in February. Natan’s takes a measured and considered approach to the vast subject he tackles.

We asked Natan, what three items or people would you choose to take on a desert island and why?

  1. A boat so I could get home!
  2. Food
  3. Fuel

If you could make one change in the world what would it be?

Free internet access for all!

Outside of delivering a speech, how do you think this experience could be helpful now or in the future?

It will give me the ability to do anything, even if at first it seems daunting.

And finally, what is your favourite saying or quote?

“Who is wise; he who learns from everyone. Who is rich; he who is happy with his lot.”

Watch Natan’s speech.