De­but team elated by third plac­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

CUL­TURAL pride brought home third prize for four Bur­nett State Col­lege boys who spent two days im­mersed in in­dige­nous cul­ture.

For the first time the col­lege sent a team of four – Jesse Ge­orge, Bai­ley Kimber, Jar­ra­son Pur­cell and Zane Rat­cliff – to com­pete in the Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der Aca­demic and Tal­ent As­pi­ra­tions Pro­gram hosted by CQ Univer­sity at Rock­hamp­ton.

From the sur­prise of plac­ing third over­all to the de­ter­mi­na­tion of beat­ing Eidsvold next year, the boys de­scribed the four-chal­lenge event as a wel­com­ing and fun ex­pe­ri­ence.

With Bai­ley placed sec­ond in a 50-ques­tion quiz, the team didn’t leave the top of the leader­board.

Zane was thrilled to place sec­ond in the oral per­sua­sive speech on the NAIDOC theme, World War I Cen­te­nary and be­yond.

For Jesse, in­spi­ra­tional speaker Sam Ruben’s mes­sage came home.

“If you plant neg­a­tive seeds they grow into a neg­a­tive tree. If you plant pos­i­tive seeds they grow into a pos­i­tive tree.”

And Bai­ley was pos­i­tive they would place first next year. Watch out, Eidsvold!

PHOTO: SHIRLEY WAY

TALENTED: Jar­ra­son Pur­cell, Jesse Ge­orge, Zane Rat­cliff and Bai­ley Kimber clinch third prize.

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