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Students Showcase Their Public Speaking Skills in Rostrum Heats

​Monday Night Heat
‘Ayr High School’s display of such a large, self-motivated, enthusiastic group of students has no equal in our experience.’   These were the words of Rostrum Club members, who have been involved with the Rostrum Voice of Youth Competition for 26 years, after adjudicating our recent school heats.
On the evening of Monday 9 and Wednesday 11 May, Ayr State High School’s auditorium was filled with audiences ready to witness our junior and senior students ready and willing to showcase their public speaking skills. Ayr High’s 2016 Rostrum Voice of Youth heats were packed with participants, with 23 students competing over the two nights - we had the most number of students nominating, again, from any Burdekin school. In fact, for many of these students, this was their third year of participating in the competition. Each student spoke convincingly and conveyed their informed opinions on a range of topics including ‘The Time Has Come’, ‘A Change of Heart’, ‘Invisible Barriers’, ‘The Eleventh Hour’ and ‘The Big Picture’.  
The speeches on both nights were exceptional and the high calibre of competitors was evident in the quality and material of the speeches that stirred the audience’s passions.
The senior division winners were Holly Cranston and Jordon Harrington, with junior division winners announced as Holly Da Corte and Sarah McDonnell. Holly Cranston impressed the adjudicators with her impassioned speech on the subject of mental illnesses and disabilities, while Jordan’s vividly descriptive presentation challenged the audience to address teen issues that face so many, rather than sweeping them under the rug or avoiding them altogether.
No less impressive were Holly Da Corte and Sarah, who also presented rousing speeches that both motivated and enthralled audiences. All winners captivated the audience with their passion in their chosen topics and presented with steel-like nerves, where most others would falter.
These four students, along with winners from Home Hill High and Burdekin Catholic High, will battle it out on Tuesday 24 May, at the Burdekin Regional Finals. We wish Holly, Jordon, Holly and Sarah every success in the finals.
All students who participated in the competition are to be congratulated as they did themselves, their families, and their school, very proud. It was an absolute privilege for me to work with such a dedicated and talented group of young people.
Left:  Wednesday Night Heat