Patrick in Voice of Youth comp
GYMPIE teenager Patrick Connolly is setting off for Brisbane this weekend to join 11 other teenagers who all have one thing in common.
This weekend they plan to stand on their soapboxes and voice their opinions about everything ranging from taking a step in the right direction to a path worth taking.
The Queensland students will gather in Brisbane today for the 35th annual Rostrum Voice of Youth competition.
The finals will be the culmination of months of hard work and competition for the state’s young public speakers.
Five students will compete against Patrick in the junior category of the state final which was narrowed down through local and regional heats, which attracted more than 500 entries state-wide.
Queensland’s Rostrum Voice of Youth state co-ordinator Bernie Ketter said Patrick would gain valuable skills from the event.
“Entering public speaking competitions such as Rostrum Voice of Youth enables students to build their confidence, vocal abilities and network in a wider education circle,” she said.
“These modern times call for people to express their ideas and opinions in a positive and concise manner.
The Queensland competitors will be vying for a place in the national competition, which will be held in Brisbane in August.