Hobart youth tackles national politics

ST Michael’s Collegiate student Scarlet Iwanovski had her debate skills thrust onto a national stage when she was selected as one of 120 senior students to participate in the 22nd annual National Schools Constitutional Convention.

The year 11 student was chosen from a pool of 4000 candidates to act as a national delegate at the event, which was held at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House in Canberra.

Focusing on the topic of ‘Indigenous Australians and the Constitution’, the event provided senior students with an opportunity to become better informed about how Australia’s constitution provides a democratic framework.

The students received input from a panel of experts, engaged in group discussions and participated in a mock referendum to determine the outcome of their deliberations.

Miss Iwanovski said she was “honoured” to represent St Michael’s Collegiate at the event and experience the “once in a lifetime opportunity.”

“It was such a great chance to take part, make some new friends and hear the different views of other students from across Australia,” she said.

“I particularly enjoyed the panel discussion and the contribution from Professor George Williams, who is an expert on constitutional law.”

For more information about the National Schools Constitutional Convention, visit www.ncsonline.com.au/projects/nscc.

Caption: Local year 11 student Scarlet Iwanovski, from St Michael’s Collegiate, was selected as a national delegate to participate in the recent National Schools Constitutional Convention.

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