Student Eleanor’s top speaker award

Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College's Eleanor Latham, 14, has been recognised for her utstanding spoken language skills.
Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College's Eleanor Latham, 14, has been recognised for her utstanding spoken language skills.

Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College student Eleanor Latham has won a top award from English Speaking Board. Eleanor (14) is one of five students around the country to receive ESB’s highest commendation of Young Speaker of the Year.

Each year, the awards recognise the outstanding spoken language skills of the very best that ESB assessors see from candidates with the five winners selected from 14,000 youngsters who took ESB speech examinations in 2015/16.

When Eleanor took her ESB exam in February, her assessor was highly impressed by her ‘excellent presentation style and the manner in which she guided listeners though her topic’. At an awards ceremony held at The Old Palace in Worcester, Eleanor was presented with her trophy, and she also performed her award-winning poem to an audience of family and friends.

A delighted Eleanor, said: “I am very honoured to be recognised for my ESB exam achievement. It was a great joy to be able to present a topic that I am passionate about.”

ESB’s Chief Executive, Tina Renshaw, said: “The standard from all candidates put forward for this accolade was very high indeed so Eleanor did extremely well to be selected as an overall winner.

Communication skills are at the heart of successful lives and careers and these students demonstrated exceptional abilities to communicate ideas and concepts, as well as being able to listen and engage with others.”