ATAP winners: Eidsvold State School Students Lashica Pope and Payden Boyle show off the awards that they won last week in Rockhampton at the annual ATAP competition. Photo Contributed
ATAP winners: Eidsvold State School Students Lashica Pope and Payden Boyle show off the awards that they won last week in Rockhampton at the annual ATAP competition. Photo Contributed Contributed

Tapping into talent

EIDSVOLD has deadly kids when it comes to competing at the Academic Talents Aspirations Program.

For the second year in a row the Eidsvold team has taken the coveted overall best school prize.

Last week in Rockhampton Lashica Pope, Sky Pope, Payden Boyle and Tate Boyle jumped at the chance to strut their stuff on stage.

"It was deadly to win again. I am so proud," Payden said.

"It was good to go back and show the new material that we have been practising over the last three months."

Mentor and teacher Karl Ricker has given his own time to the group and was immensely happy with the way the students conducted themselves.

Attracting students from all over Queensland, there are four sections to the competition and it was the individual speech delivered by Payden that put the group straight to the front.

Payden's speech was a very engaging and positively positioned speech about how to stop racism, with the catchphrase 'it stops with me'.

In long-term problem solving performed by all four students, where teamwork is important, the Eidsvold students were all over it. This focused on addressing the issue of stereotyping indigenous people.

"We all know each other so well that teamwork comes naturally to us," Lashica said.

Then a quiz and the advertisement were also performed by all four students.

The students won both major sections of the competition which were the individual speech and long term problem solving.

The awards were presented at a special dinner on Friday night after the completion of the competition.

Read here about Burnett State College's debut team placing third.


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