Oakleigh Grammar student Noah Peoples wins prestigious Swannie Award

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Oakleigh Grammar student Noah Peoples was presented with a prestigious Swannie Award at the Debating Awards night held at MLC in Kew on October 7.

Noah was also named as one of five finalists for the Victorian State title.

The ‘Swannie’ is awarded to the best speaker in each school year level in each region, based on the average speaker score on completion of at least three debates during the year. It is named after Alan Swanick – a long-time member of the Debaters Association of Victoria (DAV) and a pioneer of debating in Victoria.

Noah won the Swannie for Best Year 11 Speaker in the Glen Waverley region, which includes schools such as Huntingtower, Caulfield Grammar, Wesley, and others – the first for Oakleigh Grammar.

Oakleigh Grammar’s Noah Peoples accepts his Swannie Debating Award and is named one of Victoria’s Top 5!

“Debating has been a passion of mine for years as it allows me to not only express myself vocally, but also to express my ideas in a semi-professional but not too serious way,” Noah said after his win.

“Winning this award is an honour, as being recognised as one of the top debaters in the state has boosted my confidence and made me even more comfortable with public speaking.”

During the year, Noah won all but one debate in the Interschool Competition at Wesley College on a range of political, scientific and social topics, and was judged best speaker in each of those wins.

Noah Peoples displays his debating skills at a school competition.

Noah also won every debate he undertook in the Oakleigh Grammar Interhouse Debating Competition, and was judged best speaker in the grand final arguing successfully that “Australia should introduce mandatory national service.”

“We’ve worked hard to strengthen our students’ debating capabilities with the introduction of Interhouse debating and the dedicated effort of Teacher and Debating Coordinator Leigh Gridley,” Oakleigh Grammar Principal, Mark Robertson, said.

“We are very proud of Noah’s efforts and excited about his and his peers’ potential in 2023 and beyond.”

READ MORE: Oakleigh Grammar teacher wins two prestigious accolades.

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