Gift of the gab proves a winner
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.