On Tuesday 13th March, 14 very elegantly dressed ladies and gentlemen from the Sixth Form arrived at the Master’s Lodge accompanied by Mrs Tennant and Mr Shaw, looking equally distinguished, to participate in the second Lectern Club of the Lent term. The theme for the evening, ‘A Cut Above’ inspired six very impressive and individual contributions. The short speech category began with Hani Aswandi’s speech entitled, “What ‘Hi-5’ Taught Me”, in which she reflected amusingly on friendship and pride coming before a fall. Alex Harkins entertained guests most eloquently with her speech entitled “Labor omnia vincit” as she considered how the pressure to become ‘a cut above’ could lead to corruption and cheating; before Isabelle Ferenczi delivered a poised reflection on the dangers of elitism and the need for a fair society in her speech, “What chance have you got against a tie and a crest?”.
Following a superb main course of salmon en croute, Azfar Azhar began the long speech category with “A distinction without a difference”, conveying with real passion his examination of the moral issues inherent in the drive to be “a cut above’’ and the need for responsibility towards others; Roisin Sugrue delivered a very original and entertaining speech entitled “Diamonds are a Scam’’ in which she pulled apart the world’s infatuation with diamonds as a metaphor for all not being as it seems; and James Gibson, with skill, confidence and erudition, concluded the evening with an impassioned examination of the advantage which comes through education and networks, juxtaposed with the barriers others face.
The evening delivered superb food for both body and soul and demonstrated the considerable talent and passion of the young people of MCM – it was a privilege to listen to what they had to say.