Alice Yuretich, a Year 11 Student from Kaitaia College has won the 2010 Race Unity Speech Award semi-finals at Whangarei Library and will go forward to the finals in Auckland on Friday 9 April.
Photo of the winner, Alice Yuretich, with Inspector Paul Dimery,
NZ Police, who was presenting her with a certificate.
Alice and Luji Lu, a year 10 student from Whangarei Boys High School, both competed in the semi finals with Alice winning $100 and the a chance to win $750 for herself and $750 for her school at the finals in Auckland.
Senior students representing schools throughout the area spoke on the topic, 'The diversity in the human family should be the cause of love and harmony as it is in music where many different notes blend together in the making of a perfect chord'.
Peter Bruce was Chief Judge of the panel that included Carla Klink and Te Warahi Hetaraka and Inspector Paul Dimery who represented the NZ Police.
The speech contest, initiated by the NZ Baha'i Community 10 years ago, is supported by NZ Police, the Human Rights Commission and the Office of Ethnic Affairs. Acknowledging its value in promoting race relations awareness among young people, the NZ Police has committed a $50,000 sponsorship to support the event over a five year period.