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Breanna Craig

Breanna Craig - Class of 2020

Achievements at Elderslie High School

·         2020 Plain English Speaking Award State Finalist

·         2020 Vice Captain

·         Debating Team Accomplishments

o   I was lucky enough to have debated from Year 7 all the way up until Year 11 – COVID cancelled our Year 12 debating unfortunately!

o   Our team did really well in the Premier’s Debating Challenge, notably as State Semi Finalists in 2018 & State Quarter Finalists in 2019

·         Involvement in CAPA

o   Throughout school, I was involved in almost every CAPA activity you could imagine – vocal ensemble, ballroom dance ensemble, school musicals & elective music classes

·         Alpaca Show Team Captain

o   I spent a lot of time during school up at the Ag Plot training the alpacas, & was awarded including 5th Place in Alpaca Stockmanship at the Sydney Royal Easter Show

o   The most enjoyable part of alpaca training was getting to help other students as they undertook the tasks of training their own alpacas!

·         Runner Up of the ZONTA Young Women in Public Affairs Award

·         Finalist of the QUOTA Student of the Year Competition

·         Secretary for a Day Program

o   In 2019, I participated in the Department of Education’s Secretary for a Day Program, where I was able to visit the Department Head Office & exercise my student voice to suggest ways to action change within schools!

I really enjoyed my time in high school – the extra-curricular activities were always so much fun & I have some fantastic memories!

Achievements at Elderslie High School

·         I’m currently completing a Bachelor of Communication, double majoring in media arts and production and journalism at the University of Technology Sydney

·         Debating Achievements

o   As a part of the UTS Debating Contingent, I have participated in numerous tournaments at different universities, both in-person & online

o   I have been selected to compete at the Australian & New Zealand Pro-Am Debating Championships, & Australasian Women’s Debating Championships which are happening throughout November

·         Public Speaking and Debating Coach

o   This year, I’ve been working as a Public Speaking and Debating Coach with Speaking Schools Australasia, where I teach 6-14 year olds all about how to speak with confidence & debate with purpose!

o   This is my dream job, just because it allows me to share my love of public speaking & debating with others!

·         Public Speaking and Debating Adjudicator

o   I’ve also done a lot of adjudicating work, notably for the Department of Education’s Premier’s Debating Challenge & Multicultural Perspectives Speaking Competition, as well as competitions with the Independent School’s Debating Association

·         Webshow Host & Co-Producer

o   Earlier this year, I worked as a host & co-producer of a webshow called ‘On the Ground’ created for both prospective & current Arts and Social Sciences students, which you can find on Youtube!

·         Quidditch Team Member

o   I am also part of the Eastern Sydney Universities Quidditch Team, which is comprised of UTS & UNSW students, where I play as a chaser and seeker!

o   As a student, I wasn’t really the sportiest, however combining sport & Harry Potter is a great way to get people interested!

·         UTS Talent Quest Winner

o   In 2021, I won the UTS Talent Quest!

·         Twelfth Night Stage Manager

o   As a part of UTS’s Twelfth Night Production – Shakespeare set in 80’s style! - I was set to work as stage manager, working with the directors & producer, as well as leading a team of light & sound technicians & stage crew to put the show on stage

o   Unfortunately, the show was postponed during tech week due to COVID, and is scheduled to run early next year!

·         Graphic Design & Social Media Marketing

o   This year, I’ve also been able to work with UTS Debating Society, UTS Quidditch Society and Quidditch Australia to create social media marketing materials, as well as a whole suite of merchandise for the upcoming 2021 National Quidditch Championship, including a logo & jerseys

·         Documentary Director

o   This semester, a documentary proposal I created was selected to go into production!

o   I’ve been acting as a director & DOP, utilising professional industry-standard equipment including cameras, lights & audio recorders to create a hybrid-documentary

Breanna at school

Breanna at Presentation Day

Breanna coaching debating

Breanna on the University of Technology Debating Team

Breanna in Public Speaking Mode

Breanna playing Quidditch