Take the Lead

High School Public Speaking Contest

Take One: Make a video.
Take Two: Do it Live.
Take Three: Win Free Tuition & Residence.


“The Take the Lead contest was the most influential day of my life. I feel like I gained so much just by attending – I met some of my best friends and felt so welcomed and accepted into the Brescia community.” Sarah Van Dusen, Take the Lead 2011 Winner

The Contest

Prepare and submit a five-minute video of yourself giving a speech. Young women in Grades 11 and 12 from around the world are encouraged to participate.

Speak about about past or present women who empower others through leadership on a large or small scale – from family member to celebrity –  the possibilities are endless!

A select panel of judges at Brescia will review and score all video submissions. If your video is chosen, you will be invited to come to campus on Saturday, April 2, 2016 to deliver your speech in person and to compete for free tuition and a room in residence.

Hear more about the contest from past participants.

Brescia alumna speaks to Western News about career success after ‘Take the Lead’

Take the Lead 2015 winner, Nokuzola Ncube


Each contestant will also receive a certificate of participation and a gift. Participation in Take the Lead will be added to your co-curricular transcript should you choose to enroll at Brescia for your studies. Fall/winter academic tuition awarded based on the 2015-16 domestic student amount (approx. $6000).


Early Bird SubmissionMonday, November 30th, 2015Register and submit your video to qualify for $100 Lululemon gift card draw
Video submission deadlineMonday, January 18th, 2016Last day to register and submit video
Final Rounds at BresciaSaturday, April 2nd, 2016Live speech competition to compete for top three prizes

If you have questions, view the answers to some FAQs or contact chantelle.lassaline@uwo.ca