All Saints’ Quota student award

DSCN1154She plans to become a doctor, but Janeille Rigava is content for now to enjoy being a Quota Student of the Year.

The Year 10 student at All Saints’ Catholic Girls College Liverpool, 15, took part in a series of public speaking tasks and interviews on her personal interests, local history and global current affairs to win the local competition on May 20. She will now represent Liverpool at the regional level of the competition in August.

Janeille, who was born in Zimbabwe, highlighted inequalities around the world in a four-minute prepared speech which offered her perspective on humanity.

“We’re living in a world where women are not treated as equal to men and we have children who don’t have the same education opportunities,” she said.

“I think sometimes we forget that. We’re focusing more on our own lifestyle where we have all of these privileges and we don’t think of other people.

“Coming from a country that is considered a third world country, I can relate to how people are struggling and I’d like to make a difference, to help them with education and health. I would love to be a doctor.”

It was a good experience and a great atmosphere.

Janielle said it was exciting to win a Quota award. The organisation helps to empower women, children and hearing-impaired people around the world.

“They’re trying to encourage youth to make a difference in the world,” she said.

“It was a big honour to go there and to represent the school.

“I got to know other people and make new friends. It was a good experience and a great atmosphere.”

It is the second year in a row that a student from the All Saints community of schools has won the award, with Year 12 student at All Saints Catholic Senior College Glyn Megarrity, 17, last year’s recipient.

“It’s great to keep it in the All Saints’ tradition,” he said.

All Saints students Sarah Bacich, E.J. Sanchez and Connor Strathern also took part in the competition alongside Janeille and students in Years 9 to 11 from schools including Cerdon College and Belfield College. Menai MP Melanie Gibbons was among the panel of judges with the award presented by Liverpool mayor Ned Mannoun.

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