What Matters? finalists announced
Eight finalists have been chosen for the Whitlam Institute’s What Matters? essay competition in 2012.
The What Matters? competition, proudly sponsored by Officeworks, is an opportunity for students in years 5 to 12 in NSW and ACT schools to have their voices heard, by submitting a 400-600 word opinion piece on the issues in society that are important to them.
The 2012 finalists, selected from more than 3,500 entries from over 200 schools, are:
- Year 5/6 runner-up: Rebecca Chung, Abbotsleigh, for The Inconvenient Truth.
- Year 5/6 winner: Alexander Husarek, Lapstone Public School, for Language is the inventory of human experience.
- Year 7/8 runner-up: Natasha Langdon, Hurlstone Agricultural High School, for Truth to Myself.
- Year 7/8 winner: Sheree Kuan, MLC School, for Voice of the Whale.
- Year 9/10 runner-up: Laura Bee, North Sydney Girls High School, for Solitude.
- Year 9/10 winner: Richard Tong, James Ruse Agricultural High School, for Uniformly Individual.
- Year 11/12 runner-up: Tamara Lennon, Trinity Catholic School, for Making a Difference.
- Year 11/12 winner: Amy Ma, Sefton High School, for The Cost of Wealth.
The finalists will attend a special What Matters? Awards Ceremony at the University of Western Sydney’s Parramatta campus on Friday 17th August 2012, where the overall competition winner will be announced.
Each finalist will also have the opportunity to participate in a Young Writers Forum at UWS and will receive a range of prizes, courtesy of Officeworks, ReachOut and The Writer’s Workshop.
Special guests at the annual What Matters? awards ceremony will include Anna Rose, Senior Strategy Associate at Make Believe and co-founder and Chair of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, and competition patron Dr Hugh Mackay.
The What Matters? awards ceremony will be live-streamed to the UWS News Centre. All media enquiries and requests to attend the event should be directed to the UWS Media Unit.
WHAT: What Matters? Awards Ceremony
WHEN: 3:00pm, Friday 17th August 2012.
WHERE: Female Orphan School, UWS Parramatta Campus, corner James Ruse Drive and Victoria Road, Rydalmere
26 July 2012