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Students Showcase Their Public Speaking Skills in Rostrum Heats


Junior and Senior Division Winners
​Sarah McDonnell, Holly Cranston, Lauren Raitelli, Kacee Bromham

On the evening of Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 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 2017 Rostrum Voice of Youth heats were packed with participants, with 21 students competing over the two nights - we had the most number of students nominating, again, from any Burdekin school.  Each student spoke convincingly and conveyed their informed opinions on a range of topics including ‘Life Without Limits’, ‘Creating History, ‘Hidden Agenda’, ‘An Unlikely Hero’ and ‘The Lottery of Life’.  
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 Kacee Bromham, with junior division winners announced as Lauren Raitelli and Sarah McDonnell. 
All winners captivated the audience with their fervent embrace of their chosen topics and presented with steel-like nerves, where most others would falter.
These four students, along with winners from Home Hill High, Burdekin Catholic High and Burdekin Christian College, battled it out on Wednesday 24 May, at the Burdekin Regional Finals.  From here, Sarah was awarded overall Junior winner, with Holly announced as runner up in the Senior division.  Within a matter of days, these confident public speakers presented their prepared speech along with a three minute impromptu speech at the Townsville finals.  The girls gained invaluable insight into this level of the competition. 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.
This year, we also celebrated the achievement of a group of Year 12 students who have competed in this competition since Year 9.  Lauren Bozzetto, Kacee Bromham, Maddi Collins, Jasmin Timm and Shona Scalia were deserving recipients of the Ayr State High School Public Speaking Achievement Award for their continued participation in the competition.  We look forward to showcasing our talents again next year.
Mrs Linda Attard, Jasmin Timm, Maddi Collins, Lauren Bozzetto, Shona Scalia, Kacee Bromham