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Mario Calanna Public Speaking Competition

Mario Calanna

Public Speaking Competition



The Business Liaison Association in conjunction with Cairns State High School aims to develop proficiency in 21st century skills and provide students with the opportunity to meet with representatives from various sectors.

The award is open to all students from Year 7 through to Year 12 in the Far North Region.


Senior School (Year 11 and 12 students) – 6 minutes

  • A change worth making
  • Voice for the voiceless
  • The lives of great people are like legends – difficult but beautiful
  • A path worth taking
  • We are such stuff as dreams are made of


Middle School (Year 9 and 10 students) – 5 minutes

  • A gift that keeps giving
  • Behind the lens
  • The person in the arena
  • Lottery of life
  • All the world’s a stage


Junior School (Year 7 and 8 students) – 4 minutes

  • Pay it forward
  • A phenomenal event
  • An inspirational person
  • Children are not the people of tomorrow, but are people of today
  • To thine own self be true


Closing Date: Wednesday 31st July, 2024

First Prize: $200

Second Prize: $150

Third Prize: $100


1. Mario Calanna Public Speaking Competition 2024.pdf

2. Mario Calanna Public Speaking Competition_Application Form.pdf

For more details, please contact the coordinator shown below:

Coordinator: Ms Patrice Honnef

Email: phonn1@eq.edu.au