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
UPDATE: August 14, 2012