• Howick and Pakuranga Times
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.”