Thirteen year old Lisa van der Geer from Eindhoven has been nominated as the ‘best speecher’ in the Netherlands. The pupil of the het Lorentz Casimir Lyceum won this title during a national competition this week named ‘Op weg naar het Lagerhuis’ (On the way to house of representatives)
Lisa is the youngest winner ever. During previous editions, the pupils competing and winning were mostly form 5 and 6 secondary school pupils
From a total of 200 submissions, Van der Geer was considered the best and therefore the winner of this year’s competition. In the final round the form 1 pupil competed against two 18 year olds
The speech was broadcast live on television and the topic of her speech was poor air quality. It is the opinion of Lisa that diesel particulate filters are needed along the A2 and planes should convert to using fuel generated by solar energy.
The panel of judges were unanimous in their selection of the ‘best speecher’, as she was able to convince persons, via her speech, who were initially opposed to the idea. The panel of judges consisted of amongst others, D66-politician Alexander Pechtold and parliamentary journalist Dominique van der Heijde.
Lisa van der Geer is the winner of a trip to New York.
Translator: Jennifer den Dekker