When will we all be able to walk without fear?
It’s a question the Batemans Bay Quota Student of the Year for 2018 took pains with on Monday evening.
The rapes and murders of performing artist Eurydice Dixon and journalist Jill Meagher in Melbourne spurred Stephanie Lunn to write and deliver a powerful speech at the Soldiers Club, on June 25.
The Moruya High School year 10 student weighed up the calls made to women after those attacks to take care on the streets – and the reaction to those calls.
She described situational awareness – the steps and considerations many women take and make whenever they leave their homes.
Judge Danielle Brice wasted no time in recruiting the Moruya Heads resident to her campaign to have the Moruya to South Head shared pathway completed.
The “missing link” in the path has frustrated long-time campaigners for a safer community.
Stephanie showed strong general knowledge and is a keen sportswoman, excelling in swimming, running and triathlon events.
Stephanie and her fellow contestents – Stella Cross, Samantha Hanlon and Edwina Cooke – were all smiles after surviving general knowledge tests, interviews and prepared and impromptu speeches on Monday night.
The four took part in the Batemans Bay Quota Student of the Year contest and gave the judges a tough choice.
Samantha, a Batemans Bay High School year 11 student, reflected on her time as an exchange student in Denmark – and why she backed that nation in the recent World Cup!
She said arriving in Denmark was challenging, but so was coming home –particularly to find herself a year behind her former cohort. Both situations were worth it.
Edwina, a St Peter’s Anglican College year 11 student, shared her struggle with depression and how helping others inspired and motivated her to make a difference.
Stella, a Batemans Bay High School year 11 student, built on a promising bid at the recent Moruya Lions Youth of the Year with an even stronger performance at the Soldiers Club.