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Amy Named Student Of The Year

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The seven finalists: Emma McLennan (Gin Gin SHS), Josh Adams (Siena Catholic College, Sippy Downs), Amy Harch (Kingaroy SHS), Jacob Turner (Maroochydore SHS), Laura Miller (St Patrick's College, Gympie), Sarah Jensen (Murgon SHS) and Hayley Symington (St Mary's College, Maryborough)

Quota 34th District Governor Sandra Verrall congratulates winner Amy Harch (KSHS)

August 6, 2012

Kingaroy State High School student Amy Harch was named Quota International’s Student of The Year at the District finals held in Murgon on Saturday.

Amy competed against finalists from Gin Gin, Maroochydore, Gympie, Maryborough, Nambour and Murgon to take the title.

She has won a $2000 bursary to use in her tertiary studies.

Each of the finalists had won local competitions organised by Quota clubs throughout District 34.

Also included amongst the seven competitors was Sarah Jensen, who won the Murgon Quota Club’s local competition.

Three independent judges, Cr Kathy Duff (South Burnett Regional Council), school chaplain Victor Chapman, and Judy Mickan, got to know the students over a day of quizzes and questions.

The students were judged on leadership and citizenship, personality, social graces and appearance, general knowledge, cultural knowledge, sporting interests and current affairs.

In the evening, the students competed in a public speaking competition over dinner at the Murgon RSL Club, testing their skills in prepared speeches and impromptu speaking.

Amy’s prepared speech was titled: “We Only Think We Know What We Think”.

Sarah tackled: “100 Hours Is Too Many”.

The topic that all students had to tackle in the impromptu speech competition was: “Is technology assisting or preventing practical living?”

The Quota International Club of Murgon hosted the District Final after Gladstone club was forced to withdraw because of the lack of accommodation available in the town.

Previous South Burnett winners of the Student of the Year competition:
1981 – Jean Dalton, Kingaroy SHS
1987 – Peter Trout, Kingaroy SHS
1999 – Peter Sturwohld,  Nanango SHS
2007 – Ned Hunter, Nanango SHS

The three judges ... Cr Kathy Duffy, Victor "Chappie" Chapman and Judy Mickan

Governor Sandra Verrall with Sec / Treasurer Gladys Jackson and Cynthia Hatchett (Murgon)

Gympie club members Mary Bothams and Robyn Patroni

Gympie club members Joy Sullivan and Lucy Green with Karen Hoeffler

Bundaberg club members Sue Faithful and Suzanne Hunter

Amy Harch with visiting student Yumi Suzuki from Fudooka High School in Japan

Murgon Quota Club members Megan Kiely, Barbara King and Lyn Norton

Sandra Tincknell (Kingaroy) and Kingaroy Quota Club president Marie Shaw

Alison Otto (Kingaroy) with Lindy Horton (Coolum Beach)

UPDATE: August 14, 2012

Kingaroy Quota Club president Marie Shaw officially presented Amy Harch with the local club and District shields at the Kingaroy State High School assembly this morning


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