Gift of the gab proves a win­ner

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

WHILE some peo­ple are over­come with nerves when they speak in front of a group of peo­ple, it is where Rana Ibrahim thrives.

The 14-year-old Perth Mod­ern School stu­dent has a pas­sion and con­fi­dence for speak­ing pub­licly about so­cial, en­vi­ron­men­tal and po­lit­i­cal is­sues and was named UN Youth Voice Na­tional Ju­nior Cham­pion in Can­berra for it.

“(It) was a very hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence as I was amongst a lot of amaz­ing and re­ally tal­ented young peo­ple,” she said. “Ev­ery­one was so sup­port­ive of each other that by the end of the week it didn’t re­ally mat­ter who they an­nounced as the win­ner.”

Voice Na­tional Fi­nals 2016 brought to­gether 48 high school stu­dents for a week-long con­fer­ence in the coun­try’s cap­i­tal, chal­leng­ing them to de­vise tan­gi­ble and achiev­able so­lu­tions to the world’s most per­ti­nent is­sues.

The stu­dents pre­sented two pre­pared pitches, striv­ing to pro­vide an in­no­va­tive so­lu­tion to some of the world’s great­est chal­lenges.

Af­ter each speech, del­e­gates were asked ques­tions by the judges to demon­strate their knowl­edge of the is­sue, com­pre­hen­sive­ness of their so­lu­tion, and their abil­ity to en­gage in im­promptu speak­ing.

Rana’s topic in the grand fi­nal was: ‘how we can adapt to se­cure our fu­ture’, and fo­cused on food se­cu­rity, eth­i­cal pro­cess­ing of food and obe­sity.

She wants to work for the United Na­tions.

A win­ning way of talk­ing... Perth Mod­ern School stu­dent Rana Ibrahim won the UN Youth Voice Na­tional Ju­nior Cham­pion com­pe­ti­tion in Can­berra.

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