Hannah scoops another award
Tuesday, 31st August, 2010
Local student Hannah Licul has scooped two major youth awards after being named Quota Club Broken Hill's Student of the Year.
The 16-year-old, who has just returned from America on an army cadet exchange program, was one of eight high school students to compete in the annual event, which was held over two nights last week.
Winning has become something of a habit for the Year 11 BH High School student, who earlier this year took out the local Lions Youth of the Year before making it to the State final.
But Hannah said she didn't enter the events to win but rather for the experience, confidence and friendships they provided.
"Even just participating is good on your resume," said Hannah, who received $250, a trophy and certificate.
Now in its 20th year, the competition tests participants on their public speaking ability and general knowledge on local, national and international topics.
Topics this year included solar and wind power, the local film studio and the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
For her prepared speech, Hannah spoke about how women, despite capably filling leadership roles, continue to receive less pay then their male counterparts.
Hannah, who thanked teacher Maureen Clark for her support, said she would recommend events like the Lions and Quota competitions to any student.
Event co-ordinator Claire McLean said the three judges were "blown away" by the standard of all eight students, and the extra-curricular activities they were involved in.
"Students today seem to be interested in so many things," Ms McLean said.
While numbers have waned in recent years, Ms Mclean said the number of entrants was up on last year, and included several Year 10 students.
"It's good experience for Year 10s because they can enter next year."
Four other BH High School students - Hannah Brimstone, Elliot Mallon, Kristin Riley and Roderick Jones - entered the event along with Hayden Zammit, Cassandra McEvoy and Shae Grundy from Willyama.