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Thetford student shines at TEDx talk

Published on 22/03/17

A student from Thetford Academy has told young people, “Don’t be afraid to be yourselves”, at a major public speaking event in Norwich.

Millie Honour, a Year 10 student at the school, took to the stage at the TEDxNorwichED ‘Inspiring Generations’ event on Saturday, March 18 to encourage young people to try new things without fear of failure or embarrassment.

She was one of only two students to join the line-up for the day of talks, which included speakers from the worlds of business, education, and the media, and was hosted by broadcast journalist Jon Briggs, the voice of Apple’s iPhone assistant Siri.

Millie was chosen after standing out at public speaking workshops run at the school by Matt Bagley, Director of Doing at educational project Camouflaged Learning.

Mr Bagley ran workshops for 255 students at ten schools across the region to find two young speakers for the event.

Out of 23 Year 10 students from Thetford Academy who took part in the workshops, Millie stood out for her confidence and passion for her topic.

Millie said: “I was really surprised to be selected from so many students and schools. 

"The week running up to the talk I felt really nervous, but Matt coached me through it. My friends and family were really supportive too.

“The day was amazing and my mum, dad, brother, and I were treated like VIPs. 

“Just before I spoke, I almost forgot what I was going to talk about - but I took a breath and then I really began to believe what I was saying, even more than I had before, and it just flowed. The audience’s reaction was fantastic!”

Thetford Academy’s careers advisor Sue Scott said: “We were thrilled to find out that Millie had been chosen to speak at such a prestigious event.

“Millie’s talk was amazing and she held the stage with great confidence, demonstrating the fantastic talent of the young people in our region.

“We are all incredibly proud of Millie and her incredible achievement.”