Outstanding students

Speech New Zealand congratulates 2014 Scholarship winners!

There were four scholarship winners from the Hawke’s Bay in 2014. Speech NZ celebrates their successes and wishes them all the best for their future endeavours. The variety of other activities these scholarship winners have excelled in highlights the transferability of speech communication skills.

Juliet Sherwood


Juliet Sherwood

Juliet Sherwood was awarded the Speech New Zealand Scholarship – Speech and Drama, which supports the examination costs to sit her Licentiate Diploma in Speech and Drama. Juliet has been taught by Josephine Carpenter from a young age and Juliet has completed Speech NZ exams from Initial to ASB. Aside from Speech and Drama, Juliet is a keen netball player and directed Stage Challenge. She was Head Girl at Central Hawke’s Bay College in 2014 and is studying Law and Applied Science (Environmental Management) at Otago University in 2015.



Tessa Williams

Tessa Williams

Tessa Williams received the Founders Scholarship Advanced ASB Public Speaking for 2014. She was taught by Josephine Carpenter. Tessa was Year 13 at Woodford House in 2014, where she was in the senior debating team, a lead in the school musical, and won a national award for making a pitch in Young Enterprise. Outside of school, Tessa led the local Young Farmers Club and was on the Hawkes Bay Youth Council. Tessa was Dux of Woodford House in 2014 (pictured right, with trophy) and is studying towards a degree in agriculture and marketing at Lincoln College in 2015.



Michaela-Rose Tripp

Michaela-Rose Tripp

Michaela-Rose Tripp was awarded the Grade 6 Speech and Drama scholarship in 2014. Michaela was also nominated for the Excellence in the Use of Language and Expression Scholarship. Her teacher is Kathy Atkin. Michaela is a Year 12 student at Woodford House where she is Student Head of debating, leads the senior debating team, and was awarded Best Speaker in every interschool debate last year. This year Michaela-Rose will be working towards Grade 8 Speech and Drama and will sit her ASB in 2016.



Abigail May

Abigail May

Abigail May received the Grade 6 Public Speaking scholarship in 2014. Abby was also nominated for the Excellence in the Use of Language and Expression scholarship. Her teacher is Josephine Carpenter. Abby is a talented public speaker, debater and sportswoman, and won the East Coast regional final of the RSA ANZ Cyril Bassett speech competition (pictured left). As a result of this win, Abby will represent New Zealand at Gallipoli as part of the 100 Year ANZAC commemorations. Abby will sit Grade 8 Public Speaking this year then study towards an ASB in 2016.


Outstanding Students 2013

Thomas Yates

CV PICTURE THOMASThomas Yates is a year 13 student at Saint Patrick’s College in Silverstream, Lower Hutt.

He was recently awarded the Grade eight scholarship for Public Speaking and Communication.

Thomas has studied his Public Speaking and Communication under the teachings and Guidance of Mrs Pauline Prendergast.

Thomas is an avid speaker and as well as his studies in Public Speaking and Communication is a member of the ‘Premier A’ debating team and a United Nations Youth High School Ambassador.

This year Thomas plans to complete an ASB in Public Speaking and Communication.

Thomas is also a pianist and is completing his ATCL Piano Diploma and is a member of the New Zealand School of Music’s Young Musican Program.

Oscar’s Oratory earns second scholarship

(Article : The Star, by Tim Miller  7 March, 2013)

 Oscar McGuireFor the second year in a row, Logan Park High School pupil Oscar McGuire has won the top spot in his grade in the New Zealand Speech scholarship awards.

Oscar (13) won the Jillian Carpenter Scholarship for the top grade 5 speech and drama student in New Zealand last year and he was recently awarded the grade 6 scholarship for public speaking and communication.

“I’m pretty surprised I got it two years in a row,” Oscar said.

For the grade 6 exam he gave a researched speech on e-books and an impromptu talk on the perils of technology.

“I have been doing speech and drama since I was about 5 or 6 so it’s something that comes pretty naturally to me.”  Dunedin speech and drama teacher Mary Flaherty had been teaching him since he was about 7, Oscar said.

Sam Mickleson

Sam MicklesonSam Mickleson is a year 11 student at John Paul College in Rotorua.

He was recently awarded the Melda Townsley award for Excellence in the Use of Language and Expression in Speech and Drama.

Sam has been involved in Speech and Drama with Mrs Gabrielle Thurston for two and a half years.

He was inspired by his two older brothers and their achievements in Speech and Drama, and has enjoyed the opportunities been presented to him.

Sam is currently involved in the John Paul College Shakespearean team, is doing Grade 6 Speech exams and was successful in the Rotorua Speech competitions.

In his spare time Sam is an active member of Air Training Corps and enjoys the outdoors, hunting, fishing and spending time with his friends and family.

Gemma Davidson

Gemma was awarded the Speech and Drama Grade 8 scholarship for 2012.

She is a Year 13 student at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School in Christchurch.  Recently she was the MC for Rangi Ruru’s Cultural Concert which included four Speech and Drama monologues.

She also took part in the senior production of Romeo and Juliet.  This was a Rangi Ruru Christ College co-production.

Gemma knows the value of good communication skills.

Alex Gonzales

Alex Gonzales

Alex is a year 10 student at St Kevin’s College, Oamaru. He enjoys playing Basketball and is very musical, playing the saxophone and Guitar.

He has been learning Speech and Drama for 5 years from Oamaru Teacher, Robyn Keno. Alex believes the skills learnt at Speech have greatly increased his confidence for performance both at school and in local performing Arts Competitions. He has strong memorisation skills and is a very capable extempore speaker.

He has consistently achieved very highly in Speech New Zealand examinations and he has recently been awarded the Jillian Carpenter scholarship for excellence at Grade 5 level.

This is a monetary award which allows him free entry into Grade 6 level. Alex is delighted to have received this scholarship and is very grateful to Speech New Zealand.


Evie Wallace 1

Evie Wallace

My name is Evie Wallace and I am from Hawkes Bay. Currently I am living in Christchurch and am in my first year of a Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) at the University of Canterbury. I am really enjoying university and the new experiences it brings.


Alexandra Keyte Beattie

Alexandra Keyte Beattie

I have just submitted the thesis for my Master of Science in Earth Sciences at the University of Waikato. I have been learning Speech and Drama since I was 12, and completed Grade 8 in my last year of high school. I was awarded the Geyser Community and Speech New Zealand Scholarship in 2008 to complete the exams for my Associate diploma, which I sat over three years between 2009-2013.

I found working towards my ASB to be extremely rewarding, as it continued developing my communication skills in a way that benefited me both in my studies (particularly in presentation and conference situations) and personally (motivating me to continue learning and performing, from which I draw a great deal of pleasure).

I believe that effective communication has an integral role in effective science, and I am looking forward to developing a career where I can use my two passions to work towards positive environmental change. Completing my Licentiate is the next step to making this a reality, while also giving me an opportunity to stay involved in the world of Speech and Drama.

My other interests include playing Ultimate Frisbee competitively, and spending time outdoors: tramping, windsurfing and surfing.