SHALINI Pubalachandar from SMK Methodist (ACS) Sitiawan, Perak, recently trumped 600 other participants to emerge victorious in an international public speaking competition.
The Form Four student gave a speech on mother tongue language at the International Budding Star 2021 Tamil language public speaking competition held on Jan 29.
The competition, held virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was jointly organised by private education providers in India and Malaysia.
It saw the participation of students from Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Malaysia and India.
She took home a medal and a certificate.
“I feel really excited and happy. It’s a big achievement for me, especially because I made my parents proud.
“I just want to continue achieving my goals and doing well so I get to see the bright smiles on their faces, ” she told StarEdu.
Shalini, an aspiring teacher, has been actively involved in public speaking since she was 10.
Her years of participating in school, national and now international level competitions have taught her the importance of working hard and smart.
“The struggles you endure today become your strength tomorrow, and they make your victory just that much more precious.
“Participate without the pressure of winning or losing. Just go in and give it your all.”
The teen dedicated her win to her family, friends and more importantly, her teachers who constantly stood by her side and encouraged her.
Her teachers’ encouragement, she said, has made her a more confident person.
“They have left an impact on me and I hope when I become a teacher, I can be as positive and inspiring to my students as my teachers have been to me, ” she said.