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Winning Voices of Youth




Somerset Times Edition

Week 3, Term Two, 2019

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Rostrum Voice of Youth is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious public speaking competitions, affording students access to a wealth of knowledge and training developed over 90 years in operation. Through the presentation of speeches on matters of global significance, students refine advocacy skills - vital to personal success - to ensure their chosen message has a genuine impact.

Somerset College entered three students in the Junior Division (Years 7 to 9) of Rostrum Voice of Youth this year:

2019 - T2 - W3 - debate

Jaye Samra, Year 7, spoke about overcoming fear of failure under the topic 'A towering achievement'.

Rishi Veeramachineni, Year 8, spoke about racism as the force behind terrorism under the topic 'Be part of the discussion'.

Tanya Nagrani, Year 9, spoke about the value of the Notre Dame under the topic 'Genuine treasure'.

We are delighted to announce that Rishi Veeramachineni, Year 8, won his Gold Coast heat and Tanya Nagrani, Year 9, was awarded Runner-Up in her heat. Both students will progress to a Gold Coast Final on Saturday 18 May.

All of our students performed extremely well, showing promising potential for Somerset College’s future participation in the programme.

We wish Rishi and Tanya the best of luck in their preparations for further rounds.

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