What a privilege it was to MC the 2012 Landlearn Speech Spectacular yesterday in Dubbo.
This annual event, now in its 3rd year continues to showcase the talents of students who have a passion for agriculture.
Parents travelled from as far afield as Moama, Port Macquarie and Sydney to ensure their kids had the chance to strut their stuff and share their views on this year’s topic: Australia vs foreign produce. How Can Australia win?
All the young speakers are to be congratulated for the effort they put into researching the topic and their animated deliveries… it was a pleasure to listen to them.
The Minister for Primary Industries the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP presented prizes and remarked on how impressed she was with the speakers and the importance of being able to speak in front of a crowd.
Perhaps the TED mob need to focus on younger rural Australian sometime in the future. If you haven’t seen TED presentations go take a look there are some amazing talks from people across the globe. (Dubbo TEDX event was held in August last year.)
But back to this year’s outstanding Speech Spectacular students. In the Upper Primary category the winner was Isobel Moore from Coolah Central School. Isobel was also chosen as the overall winner and will go on to deliver her speech at the Sydney Royal Easter Show on 14 April. That young woman is simply fearless and not at all daunted by the prospect!
The winner for the Junior High category was Lachlan Hoyle from Parkes High School and the Middle High winner was Alana Galasso from Meridan School in Strathfield.
All these young people are emerging leaders so we need to continue to support them as they have a strong message to tell about the story of agriculture… As Nicole Cardinal from Save the Children said “we need to stop emphasizing that youth are our future and start recognising that they are the present!”
To hear all finalist’s speeches visit Landlearn website… and like me be blown away!