Students talk up topics
ST PATRICK'S College Year 12 student Laura Millar has "talked her way" to honours in the Gympie Quota Student of the Year Quest for 2012.
The student quest which is held annually by the Quota International Club of Gympie, took place at the Mary Valley Heritage Rail common rooms and included a morning and evening session.
This event marked the 46th quest for Gympie.
Student quest co-ordinatior and Gympie Quota Club secretary Gayle O'Mara said it was a long day for the judges with the session beginning in the morning with closed sessions and ending with the evening public speaking.
Fellow students, family members and Quota members supported the efforts of the students in their public speaking in the evening.
Attendance of many supportive teachers from Gympie State High School and St Patrick's College was also appreciated.
The judging panel comprised retired school principals Rob White and Northa Burnett and retired school inspector Lillian Shelton.
Participating students were Laura Millar, Max Cartwright, Patrick Last, and Nicholas Rinehart from St Patrick's College and Thomas Canniffe and Luke Tramacchi from Gympie State High School.
Their prepared speech topics were: Laura Millar - Our Energy Future and Coal Seam Gas; Max Cartwright -The Masquerade; Patrick Last - Global Warming: The Tip of the Iceberg; Nicholas Rinehart - Out of the Shadows of St Patrick's College.
From Gympie State High School: Thomas Canniffe - The Wonders of Modern Medicine; and Luke Tramacchi - Choices.
All topics were well researched and delivered confidently.
The impromptu topic for the evening was What Children Can Teach Parents.
Laura goes on to the 34th district finals in Murgon on August 4 against winners from the 10 Quota clubs which makes up the 34th district of Quota International.
The winner of this section will have the opportunity to win $2000 towards their tertiary education.
Inquiries about the 2013 Student of the Year Quest for 2013, to Gayle O'Mara 5483 6086 or Glennis Mitchell 5482 9439.