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Submit your Entry

Thank you for your interest in the AVID Student Speaker Competition.

Please make sure you read this page carefully (especially the Task Guiding Prompts section below) before you upload your competition entry. Don’t forget, entries close on 30 August 2019!

To enter

  1. Upload a link to a short video (1-2 minutes maximum) explaining how AVID has helped you to seize opportunities. This should be based on a personal experience. See the Task Guiding Prompts section to help you get started.
  2. Attach your completed AVID Student Speaker Competition Declaration Form. The form is available for download, below. Please note: it is essential for you to keep the original copy of your declaration form. If you are the winner of the competition or one of the runners-up, then AVID Australia will require a copy of the original form.

A link to your video file should be uploaded in the submission form, below. Please make sure that your video is uploaded as an MP4 file.

Please direct any questions to AVID.Australia@vu.edu.au, but please note we are unable to assist with reviewing any draft versions.

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Task guiding prompts

Theme: Seizing Opportunities

Opportunities are like waves. To ride the perfect wave requires the right timing, positioning and skills. It can be hard to catch a wave but building your skills with practise and a growth mindset can ensure you are in position and ready to take off!

AVID makes sure you are fit to seize opportunities, and just like surfing a wave, it’s an exhilarating ride!

In a video, no longer than 2 minutes, tell us how you have seized opportunities in your life, with AVID’s support, to achieve your goals.

Think about

  •  Who are the people who most inspire you and why?
  • What are the issues in your community, school or personal circumstances?
  • How have you overcome any challenges?
  • How are you addressing the challenges in front of you?
  • How are you changing your circumstances or the circumstances of someone else around you?
  • Does anything stop you from pursuing your dreams?
  • What skills do you need to achieve your goals?

 Note these questions are designed to be a prompt for your initial drafting and planning only.  You do not need to answer/respond to these directly in your video.

Helpful resources 

A good speech is both well structured and delivered. The articles below include some helpful tips on structure, speech delivery, body language, and managing any fear you may have about public speaking. Good luck with it!


Examples of past student speakers

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Final checklist before you upload your entry

  • Your video is no more than 2 minutes long.
  • Your video has been uploaded as an MP4 file, and you’ve included a link to the file in the form, below.
  • You have addressed the task using the prompts mentioned above.
  • You have obtained permission from a parent/guardian to enter and have uploaded the Student Speaker Competition Declaration Form.

 The winner and runners-up will be notified by the end of September 2019.

Good Luck!


Enter the AVID Student Speaker Competition

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