Westcliff teenager comes second out of more than 27,000 in Speak Out challenge

A pupil from of Westcliff High School for Girls has come second in the largest youth speaking competition in the world

Izzy Hilton competed in Jack Petchey’s “Speak Out” Challenge! 2022 with a speech about her personal experiences of her tic disorder, before an audience of more than 500 at Covent Garden’s Cambridge Theatre on Monday July 18.

More than 27,000 Year 10 students (14-15 year olds) in London and Essex state schools took part this academic year.

Izzy said: “I refuse to let something as simple as a tic disorder get in the way of my life, because tics aren’t always Tourette’s, they’re not a social video to be laughed at, they are a part of who I am.

“I am very glad to have taken part in Speak Out Challenge, to come second and to show my personal development.

To be able to stand on stage and give a speech on something as personal is fantastic.”

Watch Izzy’s speech A Pain In The Neck here:

Mick Ferris

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