November 6, 2009

St Paul’s High School is pleased to announce that Ethan Chess, a grade twelve student, won the HSBC National Public Speaking Competition held in Montreal, 1 November, 2009.

Sponsored by the HSBC Global Education Program and hosted by the English Speaking Union of Canada, the annual competition showcases some of the best high school public speakers in the country.

As a result of his selection as the top public speaker in the national competition, Ethan has been invited to represent Canada at the 2010 HSBC International Public Speaking Competition at HSBC, Canary Wharf, London, England in May 2010. The purpose of this annual competition is not only to showcase the very highest standard of public speaking by young people from around the world, but also to give the students an opportunity to understand each other’s different backgrounds and cultures.

“St Paul’s has a proud tradition of supporting debating and various public speaking activities for our students as we believe these programs add a vital element to our student’s development and total education experience,” said school Principal Tom Lussier. “We congratulate Ethan for this achievement and are extremely proud that a St Paul’s student has been selected to represent Canada and participate in this prestigious international event with students from around the world”, said Mr Lussier.

Chess’ winning speech was on the topic of Globalization and its impact on local culture. “I am excited and honored to represent Canada at this prestigious public speaking event. I have always been interested in language and communications and am looking forward to participating with young people from around the Globe,” he said. Chess, who is also Student Council President at St Paul’s High School added, “I am also very proud to represent St Paul’s High School at this international event and appreciate the support and commitment to debating and public speaking at our school.”

About the English Speaking Union
The English-Speaking Union was launched at the end of the First World War with the aim of promoting closer ties between the English-speaking peoples. It was founded by Sir Evelyn Wrench and one of its first Chairmen was Sir Winston Churchill whose own command of English changed the course of history. Since then it has grown into a worldwide organization operating in more than 50 countries creating international understanding through the use of the English language. Information about the International competition can be found at