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Written in the stars

Saturday, 3rd January, 2015

Hannah Schofield’s story about the stars put her among the winners of the ABC’s Heywire competition. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Hannah Schofield’s story about the stars put her among the winners of the ABC’s Heywire competition. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By Emily Roberts

Broken Hill High school student Hannah Schofield has been named one of the winners of the ABC’s Heywire competition.

The competition invites young people from country areas to write about their personal experiences and Hannah said she heard about it from her English teacher, Grant Adams.

“My story was about the stars in Broken Hill because my mum has told me since I was very little that the brightest star in the sky is my older brother Daniel who passed away when he was only one year old. 

“I compare the country sky and city sky in my story.”

The Year 12 student said she enjoyed writing stories.

“It’s a great creative outlet for me,” she said. “I was so excited and surprised when I won because I entered for the fun of it and wasn’t expecting to win.”

Besides having her story recorded and played on ABC radio, Hannah won a trip to Canberra.

“I won an all expenses paid trip to the Heywire summit in Canberra in February.

“I’m really keen for the trip. The other winners and I go to Parliament House. We all get together to come up with plans to help the youth in rural areas of Australia.

“Plus we read and talk about our stories at parliament, too.”

During the week-long summit, participants receive leadership training, meet MPs and community leaders, and develop ideas to make regional Australia a better place for young people.

According to Director of ABC Radio, Michael Mason, the Heywire winners prove that Australia’s future was in safe hands.

“Every year we’re blown away by the calibre of entries and 2014 is no exception, with 700 young Australians sharing their stories,” he said.

“Heywire offers our young people a unique opportunity to be heard, make real change in their communities, and develop as future leaders in regional Australia.”

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, congratulated the winners, along with all the participants.

“It’s refreshing to see young Australians from right across the nation so passionate about their communities and willing to share their stories to drive change or raise awareness about the issues affecting them,” Mr Joyce said.

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