Esperance student Anna Smith goes to the next stage of Plain English Speaking Awards

Esperance Senior High School head girl Anna Smith and English head of department Vicky Williams. Photo: Jake Dietsch.
Esperance Senior High School head girl Anna Smith and English head of department Vicky Williams. Photo: Jake Dietsch.

Esperance Senior High School has seen their head girl reach the state finals of the Plain English Speaking Awards, the first time a student from regional WA has competed.

Anna Smith was successful in the semi-final in Perth on May 11.

She will now compete in the state finals on June 15. If she is successful there, she will head to Brisbane for the national finals in August.

Anna gave an eight-minute prepared speech on child marriage and then had five minutes to prepare a three-minute impromptu speech on the topic 'experience counts'.

She competed against students from private schools in the city.

English head of department Vicky Williams said Anna represented the school well and upheld their ethos of creating opportunities for personal excellence and building a strong community.

"Staff wish Anna all the best in her endeavors," she said.

Anna said she was judged on various factors such as how well she spoke, volume, pace and the level of logic and intelligence in her speech.

She thanked Ms Williams for being a "huge help" in preparing for the semi-finals and the school for helping to finance her trip through the Gifted and Talented Program.

"Ms Williams took time out of her holidays to help me with the impromptu speech," Anna said.

"I feel that people in regional towns don't really get as many opportunities as students in Perth.

"So it was really awesome to get up there."

The school thanked Plain English Speaking Award WA representative Margaret Crommy for providing Anna and her family accommodation in Perth.