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Two students from SA Catholic schools have talked their way into the national final of the Rostrum Voice of Youth competition being held later this month.

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Year 7 student Willow Rann from St Dominic’s Priory College won the junior section of the SA/NT final, while St Ignatius’ College Year 10 student Evelyn Vincin Walker took out the senior award.

Willow captivated the audience with her prepared speech entitled ‘Inspiring a better future’, which delved into the quality of Australian women in public life. Her impromptu topic was ‘It may be just the thing’ where she reflected on the value of the natural environment.

Evelyn Vincin Walker

Evelyn gave her short notice speech on the topic of the ‘Value of knowledge and the importance of freedom of speech’.

The respected public speaking competition is open to secondary students, with the junior section covering Years 7-9 and seniors from Years 10-12. Held at Parliament House on June 23, the semi-finals featured eight quality speakers from schools around the State.

Evelyn and Willow will now represent South Australia at the national finals to be held in Hobart on July 27.

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