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Tanesh Varatharajan wins place at Grand Final

11 Nov 2020

2020 is an unprecedented year with change and adapting to the new being key features for all of us. This year Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! Will not take place at Cambridge Theatre, instead we are live streaming with pre-recording speeches broadcast from a London film studio on Tuesday 1st December.

From the 20,000 young people who took part in the “Speak Out” Challenge! this year, we are thrilled to announce this year’s Grand Finalists, some of whom became Regional Champions and some Digital Final Champions. In no particular order, please meet the first of our Grand Finalists.

We are delighted to share our twelfth Grand Finalists, congratulations Tanesh Varatharajan. 

Representing Hayes School at the Bromley Regional Final, Tanesh’s speech ‘The truth behind strict parents’, is a funny and heartfelt story of his personal experience. 

We asked Tanesh, why do you think it’s important for young people, like you, to share their stories?

“We are the next generation, the soon to be adults , that alone is a good enough reason for the importance of our voices.”

How could this experience help you further any passions, or career ambitions you have?

“I want to go into the media/film industry and this experience has certainly helped me gain confidence and has made me realise the art of story telling.”

And, what three top tips on life would you give a Year Seven student?

“School is not like what you see on the tv, theres not really cliques, just be yourself and be friends with whoever you want. Try new things you never done before. You’re not Year 11 so just enjoy yourself.”

Hear Tanesh’s story.

Don’t miss this year’s Grand Final. Register now for this free event using the link below.