National plain English title

Ellie Jamonts, a Year 11 student at Star of the Sea College, Gardenvale, has become the third Victorian Catholic school student to win the Australian Plain English Speaking Award (PESA) since its inception in 1978.

Ellie represented Victoria after winning the state title with her prepared speech, Sexism in Advertising and the Media. She claimed that we still had a long way to go before we could truly say that sexism in our modern society no longer exists.

  PESA award 

As the Australian winner, Ellie will now participate in the international public speaking competition in the UK in May, 2012, which is coordinated by the English Speaking Union.

Previous Australian winners from Victorian Catholic schools were Toni Lalor from Catholic Ladies College, Eltham (1980) and Jacinta Crupi, Our Lady of Mercy College, Heidelberg (1998).

This is the second year running that a Catholic student has won the Victorian PESA final, following last year’s triumph by Luke Chircop from Emmanuel College, Altona North.

The annual competition is run by the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) and is open to students from government and non-government schools. Students must be aged between 15 and 18.