Gerald R Ford, the 38th president of the United States, stated that “Nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate effectively.” The public speakers of 2019 certainly took these words to heart in the annual High Schools’ Public Speaking Festival hosted by the Speech and Drama College (SA). All the St Mary’s teams amassed excellent results and St Mary’s was awarded the runner-up position in the Open section. This result could not be achieved without the diligence of the speakers themselves who spend a great deal of time refining the content and delivery of their speeches. Each team from Form I through to matric, including the trophy team and the individual best speaker, is skilfully guided by the English teachers who sacrifice many hours to ensure that the speakers are well equipped to become persuasive and authentic speakers. Each girl who spoke in the festival is commended on her effort.