Ac­co­lades for Nhill speaker

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

Wim­mera Legacy lead­ers have praised Nhill Col­lege stu­dent Zara Clark af­ter her per­for­mance in a Legacy Ju­nior Pub­lic Speak­ing state fi­nal in Mel­bourne.

Zara, 14, was one of 12 fi­nal­ists to com­pete at the Shrine of Re­mem­brance Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre.

Wim­mera Legacy pres­i­dent Neville Smith, who at­tended the fi­nal, said Zara’s two speeches were out­stand­ing.

“But she was against an amaz­ingly high-stan­dard field,” he said. “Zara can be very proud of her per­for­mance.” Zara spoke on the topic of ‘false idols’ for her five-minute pre­pared speech, while all par­tic­i­pants spoke about ‘tim­ing’ for their two-minute im­promptu speech.

Zara won a fi­nal in Hor­sham and a re­gional fi­nal in Bendigo for a chance to con­test the state ti­tle.

Mr Smith said her per­for­mance was a credit to her­self, her fam­ily and Nhill Col­lege, es­pe­cially be­cause most speak­ers were from metropoli­tan pri­vate schools.

Zara has won the Nhill Col­lege Noreen Wheaton award for an­nual pub­lic speak­ing four times, the first while in year three.

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