Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Speech Night Steeped in History; Years of Achievements in Academic and Sporting Fields

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Speech Night Steeped in History; Years of Achievements in Academic and Sporting Fields

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TWENTY-three graduands celebrated the end of Year 10 and the beginning of the next chapter of their lives at Tuesday evening's Allora State School 2013 and 50th Annual Speech Night.

The graduating Year 10 class of 2013, the 146th year of schooling in Allora, were Daneeka Attard, Jack Bannister, Travis Bott, Samuel Brown, Jake Christensen, Paul Christensen, Liam Duncan, Sally Gilbert, Taylor Goldwater, Hannah Greaves, Nikiesha Green, Kayla Heslin, Shane Horan, Daniel Jardine, Darcey Liesegang, Lauren McKenzie, James Moore, Katrina Pfingst, Amanda Riddle, Max Rubie, Kalen Wakeford, Erin Weier and Emma-Kate Wiedman.

The school's performing arts hall was packed to capacity to witness a night of historical significance for the Allora State School, and the annual celebrations that highlight the school's academic, community and sporting prowess.

The program for the evening was sprinkled generously with links with speech nights from the previous half century, presentations to this year's achievers being made by past students. The Sporting Awards were presented by Jan Gilmore (nee Petersen) and Carol Ryan (nee Geaney), who were among the first Year 10 class to graduate from the school in 1966, Jan sharing Sportsperson of the Year honours with Brian Byrne in 1964, the school's first speech night, and Carol sharing the same award with Terry Doyle in 1965.

The academic awards were presented by former school Duxes, James Dougall (1968) and Kaye Mullins (nee Withnall) (1969).

Guest speaker Mr Dougall's, presentation mapped out his time as a student of the school, his early life in the Goomburra area, his involvement in the RAAF and his experiences at Queensland University and work in the electrical engineering field. The Stump Cam transmitter so necessary to the higher levels of the sport of cricket was designed by Mr Dougall, who had examples of his work to display.

Allora identity and former teacher and staff member of the school Joyce Gibson recalled the changes in the school and school life over her career, noting that she had attended 45 of Allora State School's Speech Nights.

Two honour boards were unveiled on the night, one recognising all the school duxes over the 50 years of speech nights, another featuring the school's winners of the Sportsperson of the Year over the same period.

The School Dux Honour Board was unveiled by former duxes Mrs Mullins and Mr Dougall, while Southern Downs Regional Councillor Glyn Rees unveiled the Sportsperson of the Year Honour Board with past Sportsperson's of the Year Mrs Gilmore and Mrs Ryan.

Recently retired Allora State School teacher Liz Marshall, who contributed 33 years to education, presented the Year 10 graduation medallions.

The prestigious Dux of the School award was won by Erin Weier, the presentation made by Mr Dougall, who along with Mrs Mullins presented the academic awards. …

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