English in Action: The English-Speaking Union

International Public Speaking Competition

Colorblindness vs. the Mosaic of Diversity

First Place Winner: Chaya Sara Oppenheim, a junior at Manhattan High School for Girls in New York City, will travel to London this May to represent the United States in the 2015 ESU International Public Speaking Competition.

The ESU International Public Speaking Competition (IPSC) brings together the most talented young speakers from across the globe for a week of oratorical workshops, competition and international cultural exchange. Her speech at the National Level, titled, "Colorblindness vs. the Mosaic of Diversity", addressed the ESU's theme, "To Be Ignorant of the Past is to Remain a Child". At the International Level, Chaya Sara will speak on the topic, "Culture is Not a Luxury, But a Necessity".

Chaya Sara has also participated in the ESU National Shakespeare Competition and has won 1st Place in the 2015 American Legion Oratorical Competition on both the District and Zone Levels. Her literary expression has also been recognized by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards on both the Regional and National Levels.

Runner Up: Jack Emerling is a junior at Salem Academy Charter School, in Salem, Massachusetts. Jack's speech, "The Dangers of a Conscious Rebuttal of Maturity", addressed the ESU's National theme, "To Be Ignorant of the Past is to Remain a Child". He hopes to compete in the 2016 IPSC.

Us Representatives


  • Shelby Ragin, New Jersey (Winner)
  • William Moore, Connecticut (Runner Up)


  • Chaya Sara Oppenheim, New York (Winner)
  • Jack Emerling, Massachusetts (Runner Up) 


  • Pranay Yeturu, California (Winner)
  • Michael Spelfogel, New York (Runner Up) 


  • Micky Kopelowitz, New York (Winner)
  • Pranay Yeturu, California (Runner Up)


  • Katherine Clifton, Hawaii