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• Howick and Pakuranga Times

TALENTED TALKERS: Cuan Pillay, of Our Lady Star of the Sea School, has topped the lot at a primary school speech competition. His schoolmate Jay Lee (right) won an inter-primary school Korean speech contest. Times photo Wayne Martin.

TALENTED TALKERS: Cuan Pillay, of Our Lady Star of the Sea School, has topped the lot at a primary school speech competition. His schoolmate Jay Lee (right) won an inter-primary school Korean speech contest. Times photo Wayne Martin.

TWO primary school pupils have talked themselves to the top of an English and Korean speech contest.

Cuan Pillay won the Howick Pakuranga Zone 2 section of the Auckland Primary Principals Association (APPA) speech finals.

The Our Lady Star of the Sea School student’s speech on Michael Jackson earned him a spot in the final champion of champions’ competition recently.

Told from the perspective of a true fan, the Year 5 pupil’s talk took listeners on a journey through the King of Pop’s musical and humanitarian achievements.

“He was the most charitable pop star ever,” says Cuan, who is the proud owner of a pair of Michael Jackson glitter socks, a glove and hat.

“And his moonwalk is more famous than Neil Armstrong’s.”

Meanwhile, his schoolmate Jay Lee’s speech on the global environmental crisis earned her second place in a Korean speech competition.

“Earth is sick,” says the 10-year-old, who is in Year 6. “My speech is about how we can help to make a better place to live in. Earth is overflowing with cars and icebergs are melting. The judges said the topic was kind of heavy, but I made it simple.”