Rochester Secondary College student Beth Andrews took out the public speaking component of the zone final in Numurkah on Sunday.ELAINE COONEY March 26, 2014 4:20am
Rochester Secondary College student Beth Andrews won the public speaking component in the Lions zone final in Numurkah.
Being aware of Aboriginal issues helped Rochester Secondary College student Beth Andrews (pictured) in the Lions Youth of the Year zone final in Numurkah on Sunday.
Ms Andrews won the public speaking component of the competition for her presentation on bilingual education, where she spoke of the plight of Aboriginal children in mainstream schools.
Growing up in Darwin as the daughter of an epidemiologist specialising in indigenous health gave Ms Andrews insight into the issues.
She went to a boarding school with Aboriginal students and witnessed how indigenous students shone when they were given a chance.
When one of the impromptu questions asked about including information in the constitution recognising Aboriginal people as the first inhabitants of Australia, Ms Andrews had the life experience to answer in detail.
She said although it was just a piece of paper it was important to acknowledge this fact.
Ms Andrews was happy with the unexpected win and plans to enter the competition again next year.
She said while she knew she was capable of public speaking it boosted her confidence when others recognised her talents.
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