From around 3000 entries, Amelia Randell of Year 10 was awarded equal first position in the 2017 Harmony Day Poster Competition. Amelia and Ms Armstrong flew to Sydney last week where they attended NSW Parliament House for the awards ceremony. There, they met politicians and award-presenters Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Opposition Leader Luke Foley, Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton and ALP stalwart Laurie Ferguson. Mr Ernie Friedlander, competition organiser, inspired the audience with his personal reflections on the importance of working towards safe, inclusive communities; he also spoke of his experience as a survivor of Auschwitz Concentration Camp in Nazi Germany and said how very fortunate he was that Australia welcomed him and his mother as refugees in the 1940s.
Amelia received a certificate for placing first in the Northern Region, and another certificate and $250 for winning the State poster competition. Duval High School also receives $250 as part of the prize. Judges commented on the originality and intricacy of Amelia's design, and were impressed with how she used symbolism to represent sexual diversity and inclusion, indigenous culture and interracial harmony. Amelia was also invited to address the audience on the inspiration for her design, a task she performed admirably. At the end of the ceremony, Luke Foley commended the quality of Amelia's speech, particularly her comments on gender inclusion. Amelia's poster will be toured around NSW and displayed on the Harmony Day website. A guest at the awards has also sought permission to create a tapestry based on Amelia's original design.
Congratulations, Amelia. A wonderful achievement of which you can be proud.