After three regional finals involving 76 students from 23 schools, the State Final of Rostrum Voice of Youth 2020 was held on October 24th.


The State winners:  
Senior Final winner:

Dean Power - Scotch Oakburn College

Senior Final runner up: Gypsy Polacheck - St Michael's Collegiate
Junior Final winner: Oscar Tiernan - Launceston Church Grammar School
Junior Final runner up: Maggie Robinson - Mount Carmel College
Senior state finalists: Dean Power, Smitakshi Sinha, Lily Neyland, Jack Oates Pryor and Gypsy Polacheck. Junior winner Oscar Tiernan with runner up Maggie Robinson


Tasmania was the only state to hold the competition in 2020. For that reason, the 2021 topics will remain the same but those students who participated this year are required to select one of the four remaining topics in their section.

Planning for 2021 is underway with regional finals to be held in the first week of May and the State Final in Launceston on June 19th.  The junior and senior state winners will travel to Adelaide for the National Final at the end of July.

Contestants are required to present a

Prepared speech      - 6 minutes - JUNIORS (aged 11 years as at 1/1/21 and in years 7, 8 or 9)

                                   - 8 minutes - SENIORS (under 18 years as at 1/1/21 and in years 10, 11 or 12)

Short notice speech - 3 minutes - Juniors & Seniors, preparation time of 15 minutes.


Junior topics (Years 7 - 9)
Senior topics (Years 10-12)
The right attitude

An incredible discovery

A story that matters

In the spotlight

It gets easier with practice
Caught in the crossfire

Isolated from humanity

Life in colour

Confident and world ready

A message to critics


Schools will be emailed the 2021 competition details in February 2021.

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