Woodford Green student’s speech on the generation gap wins competition


A 15-year-old student from Woodford County High School was victorious in Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge in December – the largest youth speaking competition in the world, with nearly 20,000 people taking part. Maddeline Balogun spoke about generational differences.

“I’ve noticed a gap, and it’s made of generational differences paved with judgement and filled with 100 different shades of ignorance,” said Maddeline, who won £2,000, plus £3,000 for her school.

Watch Maddeline’s speech at