We were delighted that more than 4400 students from around Australia participated in the competition this year. After some busy weeks our panel of judges have now selected the finalists for What Matters? 2019.
Inspired by Gough Whitlam's commitment to involving young people in the shaping of Australia, this competition asks students in years 5 to 12 a simple question: What Matters? The entries are as thoughtful as they are diverse, leaving readers with a taste of the strong sense of passion and engagement this generation of young Australians has with local, national and global issues.
The Overall Winner will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on the 9th September and all participants will receive a Participation Certificate in the coming weeks.
Year 5/6 Finalists
Winner - Taskiya Gould, Loneliness Matters, Arkana College
Runner-Up - Joseph Solina, Insects Matter, John Purchase Public School
Year 7/8 Finalists
Winner - Ruby Keast, My Story Matters, Castle Hill High School
Runner-Up - Laura Chong, Time, Carlingford High School
Winner - Talisen Magee, Drought in a small town... A common Australian Experience., Coonabarabran High School
Runner-Up - Emilyana Di Meco, All White Ribbons Fray, St Margaret's Anglican Girls' School
Year 11/12 Finalists
Winner - Mia Horsfall, The Air is Different Here, Frensham School
Runner-Up - Louis Denton, A Conversation?, Albury High School
Artistic Merit Winner
Joseph Assaf, P.O.V.E.R.T.Why?, Redfield College
Winner Year 5/6 TAS - Sarah Heynes, Earth Matters, New Town Primary School
Runner-Up Year 5/6 TAS - Lilian Reynolds, Pay Fair to Play Fair, East Launceston Primary School
Runner-Up Year 7/8 TAS - Nicola Chimes, Rain Matters, Kingston High School
Winner Year 9/10 TAS - Samuel Hill, I am Unstoppable, Reece High School
Runner-Up Year 9/10 TAS - Chelsea Clarke, Day and Night, Forced to Fight, Reece High School