Illalong News

  • 13th February, 2015

Past Student Emma Peterson Wins Public Speaking Competition

Emma Peterson (2013 Graduating Class) has continued to follow her passion of public speaking since leaving school and recently won the Soroptimist International of South Queensland (SISQ) Public Speaking Contest for young women.

Soroptimist International is a global women’s volunteer organisation, which aims to transform the lives of women and girls through education, empowerment and the provision of opportunities at local, national and global scales.

Fittingly, Emma’s speech was entitled, "What roles can women or girls play in changing society?”

Emma’s argument was that women and girls needed to progress from the notion of “feminism” towards the idea of “equalism”, and engage men in the quest for equality for all.  Her speech was well structured, had a clear purpose and, importantly, provided a solution to the questions raised.

An accomplished public speaker at the College, Emma delivered her speech with her trademark confidence, engaging her audience through her argument and skills.

Currently, Emma is studying a dual degree in Business and Psychology at Griffith University and is also an ambassador for breakingFree, a charity run by her brother and past student, James Peterson, to educate school students about the importance of mental health and well-being.

Emma competed against five other young women for the $500 prize. Emma now proceeds to the national final (speeches will be presented via YouTube). The winner of the national final will then compete with speakers from the 13 countries in the Soroptimist International South Pacific Federation.  The winner at this level will be sponsored to travel to Istanbul and speak at the Soroptimist International Convention in July of this year, a wonderful opportunity for a young woman.

We are very proud of Emma and her achievement in this competition and wish her well for the national stage.







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