History of Most Promising Speakers

History of Most Promising Speakers 2021-01-11T22:48:18+00:00

Since 1992 a Most Promising Speaker has been named each year at the conclusion of the National Finals of the New Zealand Schools’ Debating Championships.  The Most Promising Speaker receives the Rosemary Dixon Cup:

The Rosemary Dixon Cup
Named in Honour of Rosemary Dixon
President, NZ Schools’ Debating Council, 1990-4
Convenor, World Schools’ Debating Championships, 1994
Coach, World Schools’ Debating Champions, 1991 and 1992
Former Captain, NZ Debating Team

2020: Ronan Payinda (Huanui College)

2019: Millie Caughey (St Cuthbert’s College)

2018: Dominic Beaton (St John’s College)

2017: Sabrina Swerdloff (Otago Girls’ High School)

2016: Piper Whitehead (Auckland Diocesan School for Girls)

2015: Gabrielle Penn (Wanganui High School)

2014: Rhaz Solomon (Wanganui High School)

2013: Georgina Lomax-Sawyers (Buller High School)

2012: Callum Lo (Lindisfarne College)

2011: Christopher Jury (Hamilton Boys’ High School)

2010: Kimberley Savill (Nayland College)

2009: Cameron Price (Napier Boys’ High School)

2008: Luke Craven (Bethlehem College)

2007: Kurt Purdon (Otago Boys’ High School)

2006: Samuel Bookman (St Kentigern College)

2005: Eliana Gray (Nayland College)

2004: Pei Huang (Karamu High School)

2003: Polly Higbee (St Hilda’s Collegiate School)

2002: Kate Eastwood (Kerikeri High School)

2001: Jeremy Johnson (Christ’s College)

2000: Jordan Ward (St Paul’s Collegiate School, Hamilton)

1999: Ravin Wickramasinghe (St Patrick’s College, Silverstream)

1998: Ranald Clouston (Kapiti College)

1997: Emma Bennett (Columba College, Dunedin)

1996: Rob Morton (Palmerston North Boys’ High School)

1995: Angela Ballantyne (Wellington Girls’ College)

1994: Joseph McLean (Hamilton Boys’ High School)

1993: Joanne Wilson (Rangitoto College)

1992: Jane Friel (Viard College, Porirua)