Tap­ping into tal­ent

Eidsvold stu­dents star at ATAP

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

EIDSVOLD has deadly kids when it comes to com­pet­ing at the Aca­demic Tal­ents As­pi­ra­tions Pro­gram.

For the sec­ond year in a row the Eidsvold team has taken the cov­eted over­all best school prize.

Last week in Rock­hamp­ton Lashica Pope, Sky Pope, Pay­den Boyle and Tate Boyle jumped at the chance to strut their stuff on stage.

“It was deadly to win again. I am so proud,” Pay­den said.

“It was good to go back and show the new ma­te­rial that we have been prac­tis­ing over the last three months.”

Men­tor and teacher Karl Ricker has given his own time to the group and was im­mensely happy with the way the stu­dents con­ducted them­selves.

At­tract­ing stu­dents from all over Queens­land, there are four sec­tions to the com­pe­ti­tion and it was the in­di­vid­ual speech de­liv­ered by Pay­den that put the group straight to the front.

Pay­den’s speech was a very en­gag­ing and pos­i­tively po­si­tioned speech about how to stop racism, with the catch­phrase ‘it stops with me’.

In long-term prob­lem solv­ing per­formed by all four stu­dents, where team­work is im­por­tant, the Eidsvold stu­dents were all over it. This fo­cused on ad­dress­ing the is­sue of stereo­typ­ing in­dige­nous peo­ple.

“We all know each other so well that team­work comes nat­u­rally to us,” Lashica said.

Then a quiz and the ad­ver­tise­ment were also per­formed by all four stu­dents.

The stu­dents won both ma­jor sec­tions of the com­pe­ti­tion which were the in­di­vid­ual speech and long term prob­lem solv­ing.

The awards were pre­sented at a spe­cial din­ner on Fri­day night af­ter the com­ple­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ATAP WIN­NERS: Eidsvold State School stu­dents Lashica Pope and Pay­den Boyle showoff the awards they won last week in Rock­hamp­ton at the an­nual ATAP com­pe­ti­tion.

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