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Students Step Up to Rostrum

3/05/2019
Once again, our eager students have stepped up to participate in this year’s annual Rostrum Voice of Youth speaking competition.  Thirteen juniors along with ten seniors have willingly given up several afternoons to attend after school workshops, honing their powers of persuasion.
 
 All nominees deserve to be commended for their dedication and enthusiasm.  I have no doubt that they will do our school proud, as this year ensures an entertaining night, full of provocative and thoughtfully crafted speeches to engage and leave you wanting to hear more.
 
Freeman Stan Simpson, kindly gave up his valuable time to come and speak to our Ayr High nominees.  He not only explained how Rostrum originated, but also provided them with hints and tips on speech construction and delivery.  This visit was very well received by each and every student and we sincerely thank him for his continued support.
 
Our Ayr High nominees for the 2019 Rostrum Voice of Youth Competition are:
 
Year 7:     Noah, Zahn Cursio, Lucas Donovan, Layla Kelly, Ashayla Morello,
                 Harry Reddell, Ashka Thorne
Year 8:     Sean Cowper, Maria-Lee Jeffery, Eddie Jones, Chelsea Scalia
Year 9:     Madisyn Grant, Isabella Bostock
Year 10:   Brooklyn Ivory, Lauren Raitelli
Year 11:   Emma Donovan, Sarah McDonnell, Elias Papadimitriou
Year 12:   Jake Abraham, Taelene Anderson, Ben Bozzetto, Brendan Kolb,
                 Keagan Flynn
 
As in previous years, due to the large number of students participating, we will be holding two heats at Ayr State High School.  These will occur on the evening of Monday 20 May and Tuesday 21 May, in the school auditorium, commencing at 6.00 pm each evening.  Both Juniors and Seniors will be speaking on each night, with the overall winners (two Junior and two Senior students) being announced at the end of Tuesday evening’s heat.
 
Everyone is welcome to attend the heats and a light supper will be provided on both nights.  From here, these four students will then represent our school and compete against other local schools in the Burdekin Regional Final, which will be held at Burdekin Catholic High School on Friday 24 May, commencing at 6.00 pm. The Townsville Zone Final is the following day, Saturday 25 May, and will be held at Ignatius Park College, at 9.00 am.  A very tight turnaround indeed!
 
Good luck to all our competitors.  We are looking forward to entertaining speeches on both nights.