SEAL OF APPROVAL: Rostrum's Robert Rooney, Meghann Collins (Emmaus College), Adelaide Lapere (Emmaus College), Linh Nguyen (Emmaus College), Bojana Bijelic (Chanel College),   Sansuka De Silva (Rockhampton Grammar School), Tinoda Pfidze (Tannum Sands State High School) and Rostrum judges Tammy Staib and Dean Smith.
SEAL OF APPROVAL: Rostrum's Robert Rooney, Meghann Collins (Emmaus College), Adelaide Lapere (Emmaus College), Linh Nguyen (Emmaus College), Bojana Bijelic (Chanel College), Sansuka De Silva (Rockhampton Grammar School), Tinoda Pfidze (Tannum Sands State High School) and Rostrum judges Tammy Staib and Dean Smith. Contributed

Rockhampton students find their voice

FIFTY-five Central Queensland students competed in the Rockhampton and District Rostrum Voice of Youth competition preliminary heats last Saturday.

Students from Year 7 to Year 12 from Tannum Sands, Rockhampton, Yeppoon and Moura competed in four heats at Emmaus College.

Rostrum coordinator Robert Rooney said that communication and public speaking are valuable life skills for young people.

"It is something that I am passionate about myself and something that I hope we can give back to younger people in the region,” he said.

Every year a group of Rockhampton public speaking professionals from various walks of life come together to adjudicate and coach young people to help them improve their communication skills.

"Those skills are invaluable for young people entering the workforce and making their way in the world,” Mr Rooney said.

"Our only expectation is that contestants have a go and take on board the feedback from the judges.”

Rostrum judge Tammy Staib congratulated all of the students involved in the heats.

"I was genuinely impressed by the passion and ingenuity that students brought to their topics,” she said.

The Rostrum final will be held on May 26 and will feature students from Mackay, Clermont and the Rockhampton and district heats.

RostrumCQ thanks the judges, volunteers who assisted in putting on the event, Emmaus College for hosting the competition and the participants for putting their time and effort into creating speeches.



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