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Judging the final round by Nana Poku

posted 2 Jul 2012, 02:08 by Brighter Steppings   [ updated 2 Jul 2012, 02:10 ]
                                                                         (Nana Poku 3rd from the left)
Judging the final round of the competition was an interesting and fun experience due to the different people that were there. Ranging from Seun to Dre (a young ambassador) to managers of companies who all had their personal experiences on what to say about each video and why. The day was also funny because some videos made us laugh (no offence) and some made us argue! The hardest bit for me was the fact one of my very close friends was in the final and I couldn't vote! I had to leave the room because I couldn't bear to hear what was going on. When it came down to picking the final 3 there was a VERY long discussion because we just couldn't decide. Everyone had their own opinions and due to difference in age and experience, we all knew who we wanted to win but as a group we finally came up with our 3 winners and congratulations to them.


The prize presentation day was a hectic and tiring day. I had to wake up early and I was still late! (But so were Seun, Giffty and Dre) who I met at West Ham Station.

We got to the office where we met Jesse (another young ambassador) and we all began preparing and practising for the day. Before we knew it, time had flown by and it was time to rock & roll! Through a series of events too long to write, we started the event an hour late (sorry Seun!)

Even though we started late the whole experience was fun with us, the young ambassadors leading the day with workshops on mini speeches where Christopher won £5 and a bit of silly dancing too ha-ha. All in all, the day went well and we even had some delicious food (which me and Giffty chose) to munch on during our break.

What really stood out for me was the variety of kids that attended and the ideas they had for their competition entries, the way they recorded their videos and the way they could think on the spot creating a mini speech on a RANDOM topic we gave them (workshop game). What also stood out for me is that there are a lot of young people out there with great speaking skills but who just need a little boost and help to make the 'creme de la creme' above all the rest (english=the best of the best)

In the next competition, I am looking forward to seeing the wonderful ideas the young people of today have and how they will portray it in any form they like! I'm looking forward to judging more videos alongside my young ambassadors and being amused (in a good way) and being shocked by the little people with BIG voices and great ideas.

I think that more people should apply for future competition videos because Brighter Stepping competitions are amazing though we've only had one. Our prizes are GREAT, our ambassadors are Great and the whole experience is ...GREAT. It’s also a fun way to express your ideas in any way you like and for us to see the big voices inside different young people all around London and to help boost everyone’s self confidence and speaking skills to help them for a brighter future.

If I could apply for the competition I wouldn't hesitate but sadly I can't BUT other young people can and I hope they do because I'm looking forward to further competitions and watching their videos.

Nana Poku (15) over and out! :-)