Accolades for Nhill speaker
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.