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2015 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Chairperson’s School Award

Edwards Property Mentorship Award

Ipswich Theme Awards

Chair’s Encouragement Awards

Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award – Open Age Other Poetry

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award – Open Age Bush Poetry

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

If Only the World was Black and White by Ashleigh Dowling (First Prize)

Thanatos and Elysium by Lewis Orr (Second Prize)

Thy Proclivities by Lewis Orr (Third Prize)

To End the Pain by Zoe Wing (Highly Commended)

Emptiness by Bronte Schmidt (Highly Commended)

If All the World were Water by Ella Watson-Paul (Highly Commended)

My Saxophone by Hannah Larsen (Highly Commended)

Nervous by Layla Williams (Highly Commended)

Standing in the wings my palms start to sweat
My stomach is rushing around like a jet.
The adjudicator says number forty-three
I swallow down hard and tell myself “THAT’S ME!”

As I start to walk out and everybody stares
I see my arch enemy as she sits there and glares.
I grab the microphone ready to sing
Then I stand there and tell myself “I CAN DO THIS THING”.

The adjudicator turns on the amplifier
I stare at the audience as my heartbeat gets higher.
The audience is on the edge of their seats
I hear the piano play the first beats.

As I sing my song they’re all in a trance
I’m less nervous now I imagine them in underpants.
Suddenly everything starts to crash and burn
If you think I was nervous, now it’s their turn.

A speaker comes loose and swings towards their faces
It’s really putting the backstage crew through their paces
The pianist smiles and nods at me
I start to sing and smile with glee.

They are mesmerised by my beautiful voice
It’s the only thing to calm them, they have no other choice.
My song ends, you could hear a pin drop
Then they applaud so loud my ears are going to pop.

The adjudicator jumps up and awards me first place
He says to me, “You saved this competition from disgrace.”
My arch enemy looks like she has something to say
Then she scowls at me!  It doesn’t matter what she thinks anyway.

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years