Congratulations to Year 11 student Angela Stevens for winning the Regional final of the VCAA Plain English Speaking Awards (PESA) held at Girton Grammar on Monday evening.

Angela will now progress to the State final at the VCAA Melbourne in Melbourne next month.

BSSC’s PESA Coordinator David van Es said it was a spectacular effort by Angela to win the Regional Final.

“Against formidable opposition she demonstrated her spoken language skills in both the prepared speech and impromptu sections.”

In her prepared speech Angela focused on Australia’s foreign aid policy, including the programs and regions our government supports.  The topic for her impromptu speech was “True wisdom comes from experience” and Angela used the example TED talk presenters basing their presentations on their own experience.

“PESA has provided me with an opportunity to meet other young people with strong opinions. Listening to others and to be heard in this forum has been a fantastic experience so far,” Angela said.

“I am incredibly thankful for the support of all the staff at BSSC who have helped me get this far, and I am very excited to have won the regionals”.