Year 9 students Dawn Nikkelson, Kobi Hopkins and Malachi Little recently participated in the 2020 Solid Pathways – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aspirations Program (ATSIAP) Challenge, an academic program for eligible students in Year 7 to 9.
Congratulations to Kobi Hopkins, Malachi and Dawn, who have achieved first place in the ATSIAP State Final Challenge! in the State Final, on Tuesday 1 and Wednesday 2 December, the students worked together to complete two challenges; these involved designing a culture centre and presenting a persuasive speech on the chosen topic, Black Lives Matter, in front of judging panels during a live, online presentation.
This achievement follows the students' success in the regional competition, where they achieved third place in the Persuasive Speech Challenge.
ATSIAP is an initiative for high performing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students attending Queensland state schools, the program builds upon students' critical and creative thinking skills by providing opportunities to investigate solutions for real-world STEM challenges. ATSIAP aims to raise students' expectations of themselves as learners and enhance post-school aspirations to include tertiary pathways.
Executive Principal, Mr Wade Haynes, pictured with Mrs Shannah Beattie, Head of Student Culture & Engagement, presenting Malachi, Dawn and Kobi with their medals and certificates from the regional ATSIAP competition in October
On Wednesday 2 December, Year 9 students Kobi Hopkins, Dawn Nikkelson and Malachi Little were presented with their first place trophies, medals and prize in the 2020 ATSIAP State Final Challenge